FIRST!And I so very rarely post here!
Second.Can someone PUH-leeze tell me whatever happened to April Mensik? She always irritated me, but I'm so curious as to what happened to her, LOL. It seemed like she just fell off the face of the earth.
looking for some good smack on tim holtz. anyone ever attend one of his classes? is he gay or what?
he came to a local scrapstore in town once. i love his artwork, but he was a total douche. he was yelling at the store owner because she didn't carry enough of his stickles. is he always like that?
I wonder how this Black Friday ordeal is going to pan out for Studio Calico. I find it kind of funny that April, Lorie and Co. are assuming that all of their stuff will sell out on Black Friday because "it always has in the past" but now everyone has to pay double shipping so why wouldn't the stuff sit there until the 27th? If I wanted to pay $16 shipping then I'd go over to Scrapbook.com where the selection is a million times that of Studio Calico's. Dumb.
ScrapSmacker - If you don't shut it down at least moderate the personal insults a little better. Everyone wants to hide behind the "free speech" and "it's a smack blog - get over it" arguments, but if as you say, this blog is supposed to be about holding scrapbooking companies to account - then at least make a half-hearted attempt to do that
I agree with you 100% 4:04pm! I first came here excited to hear some behind the scenes smack and was totally disgusted by people smacking scrapper's children and looks. Personal attacks are petty, take away from legitimate debate and get really BORING! On the SC ship policy- this is April's FUCK YOU to anyone who dropped their sub- we should react that way and SMACK that bitch by not buying from her shitty club.
has anyone ventured over to the Digi smack blog? Lots of angry folks over there too, lol.
I agree with 4:04 and 4:19. It's not fun or funny to make fun of kids and personal things like looks- it's just cruel. I also love the behind the scenes smack about the industry! On Tim Holtz- he's a friend of a friend and she adores him. Don't know though, maybe he can be a drama queen but she never mentioned it.I have met Maggie H in person- she's prettier than her over-processed avatar for sure! But she snaps her gum really bad- it's kind of a trashy habit, IMO, and gives her a really unprofessional image.
Why should Tim Holtz not be a drama queen like the rest of the scrap goddess. Okay I do agree somewhat with not smacking the looks or kids but on the other hand, certain celebs shove their kids and perfect life down your throats to the point where it gets smack worthy. Just saying. I mean there are some in the industry that truly believe they are the Jennifer Aniston to CK, SC and whoever else that can be mentioned(hint of one is BH!!!). So I can see where the personal attacks start. I do believe though that they do get out of hand. Just an opinion that’s all.
I use to take lots of classes with TH, and he is awesome and even had patience with the idiots in the classes. I use to admire him for that because I was doing mental eye rolls at some of these women, but he was as nice as could be, even answering the same thing over and over. As to his sexual preference - why do you care? Let's just say he is in a long term committed relationship! hehehe
I have a question for those of you on major design teams - Is it really acceptable to accept free product to make your projects, post them on the manu's blog, but the SELL the instructions for how to make the project? That is so lame. Sell what you want, but when you are working for SAY GRAPHIC 45, and then DON'T SHARE but instead SELL, it pisses me off. I will instead stalk different manus. I read manus blogs to see cute ideas to use their products on. Isn't it enough that I spend all that money (plus) shipping on their product ... now I must buy the pattern. I have no problem with designers selling patterns - but just not design team patterns. And Graphic45 is/was one of my favorite lines!!! Oh well, thanks for letting me vent.
Anyone who spells his name with an exclamation point "T!m" deserves to get smacked- and no I don't care if he's gay or not- why is that important?As for smacking on kids- you have to VISIT someone's blog to have their personal life in your face. I personally don't like having Jesus quoted at me every 5 second so I don't frequent people's blogs if they talk lots of religion. I think there is so much shit you could talk without ever getting into looks or kids (or politics and religion for that matter)- just LOOK at the industry! Look at the DT drama! No opinions on that?
So KP just did a blog post about how she's in CA for 3 weeks. How on earth does she afford this traveling lifestyle and to keep an apt in Brooklyn? I am doing something wrong.
What do u guys think about ck going to 6 issues!
5:37- they'll be discontinuing the mag after those 6 issues are up. mark my words.
I have been an overseas subscriber to CK for a few years now. I learnt that they went to 6 issues from here... not from CK themselves. Wasn't happy about that. I am upset they have now gone to six and this has pushed me over to not sub anymore...
I don't care if Tim H is gay or not, but it does bother me that he so vehemently denies it-like there is something to be ashamed of, or that it is "bad" to be gay. I think it is pretty clear he is, so why not just admit it. And just because he was married before doesn't mean he isn't gay!
5.27 perhaps she gets proper wages from SC! Plus a rich boyfriend! Btw is he the one she used to date and then split up and now she's back again with him.
6:07 not sure if this guy is a repeat or not. i always enjoyed kevin ( I think that was his name from a few years ago ) not that i ever knew him, or KP for that fact, but he just seemed like a good guy.
Gosh and golly, did you all know that Ally is unemployed? She only mentions it in about EVERY post she makes! We get it, Ally, you don't have a job, thanks for keeping us in the loop.
I asked before but never saw an answer about what KP does for a living.
2:01, I'm pretty sure that if April fell off the face of the Earth, we would all know. That was one big girl. She hoarded food like she hoarded scrapbook supplies.
Who on the Graphic 45 desugn team is selling patterns? The Paper Trail Lady is the only one I can think of, and her stuff isn't that new or unique that it isn't easily copied without a pattern.
Yeah, it's LaWHAAAAAAAAAAura. It just really bugs me. I can't stand her, but I do enjoy some of her projects. You're right, the current G45 FOR SALE is easy to copy, BUT IT IS WRONG! Sometimes I feel like "I" should be paid for having to listen to her whining and woe is me tales. She reminds me of a whiny Eeyore and she has piglet followers. The woman definitely shouldn't be doing videos.
TH does not deny being gay and he does not say being gay is bad. Is this something you heard from one of your sister wives?
6:24, she works part time for Studio Calico designing paper and stamps.
Anonymous said... Anonymous said... It is incredibly annoying to me that Paige Evans won The Twinery's giveaway. Seriously, as if the girl doesn't already get enough free stuff. November 22, 2011 12:04 PM You've got to be kidding!!! Um ya tell me that wasn't hand picked. FAIL November 22, 2011 4:52 PM Free publicity for them for sure. Big time fail!
TH doesn't deny being gay. It's just that all the religious nuts who can't stand the thought of him taking it up the a$$ like to think of him as the kind of boy their 200lb daughters wil bring home one day.Also - if they beleived he WAS taking it up the a$$ - they wouldn't be able to buy his stuff right?Love ya tho' Timmy!
LOL 8:03 Aren't the religious nuts such good entertainment ;) If we aren't laughing at them, we are pitying them.
I agree 6:15!!!!! ...every post is right. Yes, you're unemployed Ally. Yes, you eat clean. Yes, you paid all your debts and think you're a fricking financial genius.But guess what????? You annoy the living crap out of people and i cannot imagine anyone hiring your mouthy, pompous self. now stfu.
Regarding the personal attacks. There are some people that will just call a poster a cunt, fucking bitch etc just because they can. I assume these are HS children or adults with limited command of the English language and these adjectives are the upper range of their vocabulary. Otherwise, why wouldn't they use relevant words? People who spout off these attacks rarely have a relevant point anyway.Now, to the little Miss Nobodies who come to this blog, anonymously mention their own name (it is very obvious) and then we decide to see who they are and visit their blog. Their "creative" blog consists of the children's photos and daily activities, daily drama from their own life, and other ramblings. Maybe if you search you will find something of a scrapping nature.So if I come to this blog and post about your kids - YOU ASKED FOR IT! If I post about you - YOU ASKED FOR IT! Anything on your blog is fair game, so don't be an idiot and embarrass your kids by thinking you're being clever and witty when really your being delusional. Trust me. The stuff we say here is nothing compare to what kids say! So maybe take it as a lesson to remove your kids from blog ... or not ... but don't come here and encourage me to go look and then chastise me when I speak about what I see and try to censor me!
7:35: You summed her up perfectly. Lately her projects haven't seemed all that interesting.
TH does deny being gay- he has done it on Two Peas and in person (I heard him myself during a class I took- yes, someone had the nerve to ask him!). If he is gay and he is denying it, it implies he thinks something is wrong with it- why else would he deny it?
Just to clarify I was the one who posted above about him denying being gay and to me that implies being gay is "bad"- I want to be clear that I don't think there is anything wrong with being gay or not.
To ME that would imply he thought YOU thought their was something wrong with being gay and he didn't want the hassle and/or he didn't want to waste his time debating with a strtanger whose opinion he really didn't care about. He was there to educate about crafts, not educate about lifestyle choices. I have been with my partner for 15 years. I am not married. I am constantly asked why not. I don't always answer truthfully. The truth is - I will when all people in love are allowed to marry and until then, it is really a meaningless ceremony to me. And if I am teaching a class somewhere, I am certainly not going to get into a discussion of my politics, especially if they may disagree with the store owner. Expressing one's personal beliefs are not always appropriate in a business setting - and that equals shame and wrong doing to you???
I don't mind CK going to 6 issues. I'm probably one of the few that likes the magazine and what it has to offer. I love having the tangible in my hand and dog ear pages for inspiration. And if you cancel your subscription, of course they will fold. It's really your (not directing this to anyONE but just as a general "your") decision ultimately if a company is going to fold. If you/we don't buy, they can't stay open or provide you with what you are wanting. Everything costs money. Sure CK has done some rotten stuff over the years but please, list everything about your perfect life. If you owned a business, naturally you would run it perfectly right? You don't have the big picture so it's easy to criticize and smack. I'm not "policing" or saying you have to like it but there are a few (not all - note I said a few) who are so quick to judge and attack around here.
No, what equals shame to me is that he flat out has said he isn't gay and used the example that he was married to "prove" it. Obviously, he could have just dodged the question when asked at the class, or tactfully changed the subject, or just said, "I don't think that is appropriate to discuss now", etc. The fact that he has come right out and denied it is what bothers me. That, to me, implies shame. He didn't have to respond on the Two Peas thread- he could have just ignored it. To me, denying you are gay when you are implies you are ashamed.
I don't get the whole Suzy West design team call and why it has to be a big secret. If the company listed above is indeed the same one, they have listed a design team call too. So the actual company is revealing what they are doing. I am so tired of her dramatics. Besides all of her ass lickers, does anyone actually follow or like her?
9:25pm - it looks like suzy west is working for WOW embossing powders:http://craftandhobby.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=CHASessionDetail&ses_key=351B89CC-1208-40D7-A826-11FC8CC03F6D
i love his artwork, but he was a total douche. he was yelling at the store owner because she didn't carry enough of his stickles&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&hahaha, there must be a dirty joke in there somewhere. Really, the idea of a grown man freaking out about his stickles is hilarious.As for him being gay and possibly denying it, WTF does anyone care? It's none of your business or anyone ele's business whether he is gay or not. I don't care whether he chooses to share his bedroom preferences or not. I'm more disgusted at the classless person who would go there by asking him that question. Shame on them.
@9:37 - Yes that's what I gathered from the poster up above who shared the company. So everyone else has revealed. I'm just tired of her acting like it's some big secret still. We're not that stupid. I really need to stop following her but I can't. LOL Ugh I need a life. Don't we all?
9:45 - sorry for the dumb question, but where is suzy west from - how do you all know her? i hadn't heard of her until i started reading posts on this blog. i went to her website to see what the smacking was all about... (and i totally get it now, btw)
The thing with CK that irritates me is that in the current issues they have migrated to almost half digi projects.I'm not interested in digi inspiration at all and feel ripped off when I see that much of it in their issue. Not a fan at all and I cancelled before when they went to 8 issues per year.I think it is completely wrong for any Manu DT member to sell their project instructions. Look at Glue Arts blog, they provide step out instructions for their featured projects all the time. Someone should write a complaint to G45, perhaps they are unaware this occurred.
"who are so quick to judge and attack around here."I wasn't trying to attack CK - simply giving MY opinion and saying I don't think as an OS subber it's worth it anymore...We pay more for the magazine. I too enjoyed the physical product but I know they won't increase the content of the magazine itself like they stated. I never once implied I had a perfect life! You know, i have never attacked anyone on here, I hate reading personal attacks on peoples features and kids, but I like to read industry info...keeping up with what's going on, I skip thru the rubbish. This place can hold companies accountable and some good can come out of this place...I too agree with the above poster who asked Scrapsmacker to clean up some of the comments... not everyone is a troll around here.
@9:55 - not a dumb question. In fact, I'm jealous you haven't heard of her. LOL She's been around a long time and I think has self-proclaimed herself as the one to get companies going. Which isn't true but she sure gives herself a lot of credit. I've met her a couple of times and each time I just get irritated. @10:03 - I definitely agree good can come from this place. It's apparent you are not one who attacks for no reason so my comment would not have been directed to you. It was more of a general statement to those who get really defensive and read into things here or read what is typed in the wrong tone of voice. Which is so easy to do online.
@10:03 - I'd also like to clarify that I did say it was just a few folks. Not everyone. ;)
you guys are gonna laugh at my following newbie comment...i am new to scrapbooking (but not papercrafting) and just checked out the kits at SC for the first time. um...$35 for a dozen sheets of paper and a handful of embellishments?!?! SERIOUSLY? is this the market price of designer scrapbooking today? and this doesn't include shipping? holy s***! guess i'll be slummin it at Michael's...
10:03 here - thanks for the clarification 10:20. Greatly appreciated...
TH and his boy Mario are soooo creepy. Tell me that they can't find women with the thousands that fawn over them on the road. You think if they were hetero they could easily find women, don't think? And what's up with the Disney obsession??? THAT is weird.
2:33, 4;04, 4;19 and 4:45 -I've had the occasional guilt trip and frustration about if this site serves any purpose, usually when someone comes on here and posts the very comments that 4:04 refers to. We haven't had a lot of that recently, and it seems like every few months I have to post a reminder about the purpose of this site, and ask people to reign in their vitriol. I have been forced to remove comments from this site in the past, despite my desire to avoid that. Unfortunately, some of the posters here take smacking way too far, and their comments disgust me. Surely we can make our point without sinking to the foul language that so many of the anonymous posters here use so freely? I'm positive none of them would use that language so glibly in their daily lives.So that's my soapbox for the day :-) Smack away...
Fuck off is one of my favorite daily phrases. But then again i don't have kids and am not an old maid
I would not touch Suzy West's design team call or anything that she is a part of. I know for a fact that she is a thief. She has manipulated and scammed companies she has worked for and I for one can not understand why they don't make her business practices known so that others don't get sucked in. Interesting that she is working with an International company, I guess it's probably cause she burned all her bridges here in the US industry. If there is one thing I can not tolerate it's dishonesty.As for CK, yes it does stink that they are going to 6 issues but I think it needs to be mentioned that with the introduction of the Kindle and Nook, many magazines are struggling because of the digital shift...I say support our hobby and passion for paper crafting by supporting our creative print resources as well. I'll still sub!
Anonymous said... The thing with CK that irritates me is that in the current issues they have migrated to almost half digi projects.777777777777777777This is the trend though, they are just trying to relect that. No point putting out a mag that no one is interested in. More and more scrappers are going digital. Especially the younger ones who are more tech savvy and mindful of ecological issues associated with paper products. I don't give the mag much longer than 2-3 years anyway, if that. Even if they focus all on digital. Mags and newspapers will soon be dinosaurs.
I haven't seen anything remotely resembling talent in sw. She seems like a talentless loudmouth who is more irritating then inspiring.
@11:06 he CAN have a woman I am sure if he wants, but Tim likes the Cock!!!!
Just like Clay Aiken, Timmy falls out of the closet all his Christian/Mormon fans will no longer buy distress ink. They will be fearful that their sons will be come ‘gay’ if they bring that blasphemy product into their homes. Timmy has to try and stay in the closet for business purposes.
I completely agree with not smacking kids, looks, and such. I find it disgusting. I came here to mostly have a place to rant about SC and its business practices. I thought this was what this blog was about. I try to defend people who are personally attacked here for no reason, then I get accused of being that person, which is ridiculous. Sometimes the line between personal and business gets blurred, like when the person is the business - Ali E, Tim, BH, for example. But attack them as the business, not as a person. You think CM piles a ton of crap on her LO's, say it! But leave her forehead and kid out of it. You think SH's work is sloppy, that's up to you, but complaining about her "military wife whining" is not for this blog. Don't like it, don't read it. Some say that if people put it all out there on their blogs, then it's fair game. I disagree, not for this blog. Call me the smack police all you want, but clearly ScrapSmacker and a few others agree with me as well. You're not holding a company accountable by calling quingmei/Geralyn an ugly asian. If that's all you have to say about someone, maybe you should take a look at yourself in the mirror.
SCRAP SMACKER --i think you should delete all posts that are at least 3 months old. they are no longer relevant or "hot" topics. and we all know pretty much every post contains malice and personal attacks. why keep them up when they serve no purpose?
HELL YES 7:02am!!! I never read that Geralyn comment that is FUCKED UP!Here's what I think is creepy- people who know every last detail of take-your pick-scrapper's relationship and come here to establish time line of events and shit like that. GET. A. LIFE. PEOPLE!Yes the info is out there but do you REALLY need to hash it over to the last detail? HOW does that relate to scrap business? To DT situations?This is not "policing" this is PUSH BACK- your obsession is not normal, not shared by everyone and speaks VOLUMES about your own marriages and ways of dealing with your friends.Poor Tim- we can't smack his products or business practices- we have to SPECULATE on TOTALY irrelevant issues- clearly no one here has actual industry knowledge.
On the mags front- I agree 12:05am- magazines are dinosaurs. I don't understand the need to get published lately since clearly scrap mags have a very limited audience that already scraps- if the industry wants to grow their consumer base and sell more they need to get into other forms of publicity to draw in new customers. Plus most are like 20 bucks a pop- What the everlasting fuck?????They will go away like all other mags and digi will be the main stream- not a bad thing for trees or our hoards- get with the program and learn digi scrapping- it doesn't stop you from printing everything out and making it hard copy after all.
Sometimes the line between personal and business gets blurred, like when the person is the business - Ali E, Tim, BH, for example. *******I agree with this, and really there's only a few that take it across a line when it comes to smacking. Ali bugs the crap out of me, because I have watched this line blur for years. She is a product now, and that is all that business is, manipulating the masses to buy. Good for her for making money off of it, but you have to understand having a thick skin. If somebody thinks your timed shower photos are ridiculous, that is ok. The thing is, when it comes to AE around here, people respond like you are talking about Jesus. OMG don't say anything bad about her! That is just as ridiculous. You can't just pick and choose who it is ok to discuss. She is a name in the industry.
7:02, well said. I feel guilty reading here when I hear personal attacks on appearances. Maybe I should stop reading altogether as that is what this has become and I'm probably a smack bitch by association.
8:10 I know what you mean. it's a guilty pleasure. I've never smacked AE or TH but there are some youtubers i've smacked because of their voice. and that's just mean of me. Karma will get us all , I believe.
8:15, I know. I do agree about Ali and BH being a brand so they are more smackable. I still think it's wrong to smack their looks, etc., but with Ali it's been said that she seemd to be asking for pity and making money off of whatever hard times she's going through with Chris. I think there is a fine line with that but I would never smack her personal experience. As with others that have gotten smacked here recently for their looks, how would you feel if it were you and you came on here and saw that someone called you "ugly." That is just plain mean. What is your motive for saying that? And call me the smack police if you want too but put yourself in their shoes. The people that have been smacked recently for appearances are scrapbooking and blogging as a hobby and are being smacked for ethnicities/appearances, etc. That's wrong whoever said it knew it was wrong.
^^ I meant "peronal appearance" not experience.
11:37 I couldn't agree with you more about Suzy West ... I have heard from so many people, previous friends, and previous companies that she sells herself as some marketing guru, squeezes as much free product and trips, etc from them, then moves on to the next poor smuck of a company to do it too.. the list is long, and no doubt this London company didn't check her references.. she ain't all that.. with two snaps and a swirl...
holy crap. i was just looking at the new bg line for kids. 150 dollars for those storage barrels???
I agree with the comments about not being mean on this site, but I think there are blurry lines at times too.Take the thread about TH. I could care less if he's gay, but if he's choosing to hide behind the facade of a heterosexual status to further his business, then that is something I will smack about. And if some scrapbooking celebrities are rude or copycats and people have first-hand experience to comment on, then I think this is fair game too.
Unfortunately,it seems when you put yourself out in the world you're fair game to get picked on about everything-from your work, to your style, personal appearance-and yes-race. Just look at Hollywood! The whole scrapbooking world is so personal. It's so scary how much people put out there on their blogs and layouts!!! I would personally love to put myself out there more and try for some DT spots but i am a wimp and am scared to. I see how people get ripped apart here and i couldn't handle that. I love scrapbooking so much that i know i have to keep it just for my family. I don't have a thick enough skin. People need to realize once they've got themselves splashed all over the internet that they will be judged in many ways, and they won't all be positive but they chose that route and will have to deal with it.
9:07, I don't think there is any worry about you being ripped apart. I am on a number of small dts, have been published a ton, and I'm still a no name. I think I was mentioned here twice, never bad. The only people who really get smacked are the ones that go all gung-ho and suck up to everyone. I wouldn't shy away from trying for more dts and pubs. Unless you start eighty message board posts saying "look at me!!" or blatantly stealing other people's ideas/style as your own, I think you'll be fine.
Here's the thing- scrapbooking is ALL personal. We are all journaling our lives so you come to the smack blog to point out inconsistencies in someone's story that's ok but after a while that shit gets petty. I see so many posts where people are just calling each other names- it SUCKS because it takes up all the space and the genuine debate we were having gets pushed to the side.Example- is NO ONE really gonna smack on Studio Calico for their new shipping policy? It's so totally wrong! Charge people shipping even if they order several times on the same day? Smack on that!To end the Tim Holtz thing- the minute he makes this page "I AM HETERO AND PROOOUD!!!" you have a reason to smack. I can't believe people question his decision to keep that part of his life private- there is NO upside to him talking about it- the people who "know better" will smack him on BOTH sides.As for Kelley Purkey- she has no kids so she is free to be a traveling fool- why speculate on how she makes her money? DUH! She's a well connected graphic designer in NYC! OBVIOUSLY she won't talk about that aspect of her life on her blog for people to riff on and get her in trouble with her clients. Bringing it up smacks of JALOUS to me. We have no real info so once again it's just people talking SHIIIIT.And if anyone says racist, sexist or anti gay shit while I am reading I will smack that idiot repeatedly till they shut the fuck up. Understand- even blogs were shit talking is ok have consequences for people with tiny brains.
the shit is hitting the fan at SC! How long till the thread is closed??? Any bets?
http://www.studiocalico.com/community/studio-chat/topics/38354-sorry-it-s-another-shopping-questionCopying this reply incase it gets deleted: maryboysfrankly, this change in shipping policy feels like coercion to subscribe, to me. no matter how it is described, explained, portrayed - the bottom line is that a major perk is being taken from customers who are not subscribers, BUT who are CUSTOMERS, nonetheless. i predicted that SC would lose business/subscribers over the stamp issue; and i believe that has happened. i no longer sub, partly because of that. i also believe that this shipping policy change will have a negative effect. i certainly would never pay shipping twice, when i can get the presale items at any online store with a much wider selection - especially since there are no exclusive stamps sold separately here anymore.so the only thing i would purchase here would be a kit or an add-on. i'm only one person and i'm not a big spender here at SC, but this certainly will make me buy even fewer items here. we all know how often we'd go back and buy more add-ons over the few days after reveal because we knew we could combine shipping. if the system won't allow it - it's because the system was set up that way.if i'm wrong in my understanding of the new shipping policy, please do let me know. i'm not trying to cause a problem, just pointing out the likely fall out from this.11/23/11 11:13am
I completely agree with maryboys. I quit my sub but I have bought things there still, and planned on buying a kit here and there. And of course I would add shop items to justify the shipping. Now that I can only shop at midnight, I just won't shop there at all. maryboys is right, without the exclusive stamps there is no reason to shop there. If SC thinks we will all run to sub, they are wrong. eff that.
People need to realize once they've got themselves splashed all over the internet that they will be judged in many ways, and they won't all be positive but they chose that route and will have to deal with it. November 23, 2011 9:07 AM **********EXACTLY.
And if anyone says racist, sexist or anti gay shit while I am reading I will smack that idiot repeatedly till they shut the fuck up. Understand- even blogs were shit talking is ok have consequences for people with tiny brains. November 23, 2011 9:28 AM Oh calm down. There are ignorant people everywhere, but geeze not every body here is. I get your passion, but damn really? Chill out. You sound more like trash than helping your cause.
I just came here to copy maryboys' reply as I think it was really well written (I think mary reads here). She is 100% accurate in everything she says and I'm really tempted to post a reply to that thread backing up everything she is saying but I'm a subscriber and really don't have anything to complain about except for the fact that SC seems to be picking and choosing who they want their customers to be. They are acting elite, as if it's a slap in the face to non-subscribers, as if their money is no good there. What kind of idiot would turn away good business like that? I know they have more subbers than non-subbers but this policy is a total non-sensical business model. I understand what it means to run a business and this is not the way to do it. I have subbed at SC for a very long time and have actaully never had a problem with their customer service or had a reason to be unhappy with my sub. This new policy makes me want to take my business elsewhere, even though I'm getting a lot of new perks as a subber. And April's response: "best bet is to subscribe" is totally irrational. Does she not understand that some people literally CANNOT AFFORD TO SUBSCRIBE? How bitchy of her to say that. Slap in the face.
9:58 - that's understandable, but I dont think this blog is a proper place to discuss people's personal lives, when there is no connection to their work in the industry. For example, it is fair game to say that BH's 12 Days of Christmas video was obnoxious, but to criticize her looks, kids, husband is not IMO.
NOT everybody here IS criticizing personal things all the time. I read past those and move on. The thing that frustrates me here is when somebody is brought up like AE and her obvious product/thinly veiled commercial blog post and people cry, "Oh leave her alone!" She put herself in this position. It comes with the territory. Want to sell a lifestyle? People can criticize that they know it's not all that perfect either. This is just an example.
10:03 - I just read the April's response to maryboys. Because April is a business owner, she should take better care with her customer service. Although it is a great courtesy that she takes the time to respond to individual customer questions, her responses could use some editing. Responding with "We can't program chaos" conveys an uppity attitude and makes me not want to buy from SC.
Is it me or did you just completely contradict yourself 4:45? You just went on about MH's trashy habits after saying not to make smack personal. Mkayyyy...
SCRAP SMACKER --i think you should delete all posts that are at least 3 months old. they are no longer relevant or "hot" topics. and we all know pretty much every post contains malice and personal attacks. why keep them up when they serve no purpose?NOVEMBER 23, 2011 7:19 AM^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^There are some pretty hurtful things said on this blog. I DO feel bad for some of the people who get smacked here for no other reason than people's jealousy over their success. Cleansing the blog of old wounds is a good idea.
10:33, I agree that the "cannot program chaos" comment was totally off-base. I don't know why I am surprised when basically everything she says is off-base. I tried for a long time to give her the benefit of the doubt but she has pushed herself into a whole so big that I can no longer excuse her. She's a bitch and that's just the moral of the story. I know things can be taken out of context over the internet but almost all of the statements she makes are just rude. A lot of these people have legitimate questions and she's screaming at them in CAPS to read the FAQs as if she can't be bothered.
Hero Arts sneak peeks are showing owls and cupcakes. That's never been done before (groan).
11:01 - SERIOUS groan...
Does anyone else that think the $165 price tag for the new Martha Stewart Craft Station is extreme?
I stopped looking at Hero Arts about 5 years ago.
If there was any doubt that AE reads here... she was smacked a while ago for posting stuff in her Project Life post that clearly showed where Simon goes to school. Her latest post has everything blurred out including some poor girl's face (the nanny perhaps?) and then there's the email from Chris, who clearly doesn't live at home anymore...
Dee... I'd never buy it, but I'm sure others will. I'm kinda cheap. If it was half that price I'd consider it. I think the glass base & lighting is what makes it so expensive.
11:39 Why is it clear that he doesn't live at home anymore? Does it say so in the email?
... when somebody is brought up like AE and her obvious product/thinly veiled commercial blog post and people cry, "Oh leave her alone!" She put herself in this position. It comes with the territory. ...NOVEMBER 23, 2011 10:26 AM...If there was any doubt that AE reads here... NOVEMBER 23, 2011 11:39 AMAli Edwards is a brand, and a business, at this point. She might not personally read here, but I would assume she has someone who scours all media for a mention of her. She'd be crazy NOT to do that. I think we can still have sympathy for a family going through divorce and change.
OT - someone above called magazines dinos. I generally agree but get the urge for one occasionally. Any recs about a latest issue? I saw Scrapbook Etc in the store but didn't pick it up. Now I wish I'd checked it out.
http://peteyspages.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/operation-this-mothers-love/#entryWho can believe that crap!!! Losing she met some guy and married him 6 months later. MORAN!!!!!! The way she used to bash those kids who can blame them. Probably going to buy more flowers to stick all over her 'art', we cry for you moran!! Wah wha Wah
I think we can still have sympathy for a family going through divorce and change. November 23, 2011 11:53 AM ......She had my sympathy for awhile until she used her family problems as a way to sell a set of brushes *inspired* by a difficult time in life. Then there has been no explanation to the several people who keep saying that they hope she's doing ok. If everything else on her blog wasn't a veiled way of selling products, then I wouldn't be suspicious. It is that she hints about things. I honestly do hope that they are able to work things out, but I also think she has done some damage in over sharing for so long, then not saying anything at all this time when obviously her fans are a bit more emotionally involved....except for speculation due to "life is challenging" brushes.The way that she is "poor me, I needed this weekend" to "come join a photography trip with me in Ireland" is strange.
Ali wasn't smacked for not blurring out where her son goes to school, it was pointed out as a concern.
And the jealous Ali Smacker emerges again. Get over her.
Get over yourself super fan girl. It looks like a few people are discussing it.
Yeah, the Geralyn "ugly Asian" was definitely uncalled for. I'm black, and was disgusted.
12:29 -- Thanks - I've been looking for PTI smack blogs and was surprised to see the original one closed down recently. The ptismack2 site is a bit extreme for my tastes, though. I prefer the guidelines from the new "lite" site.
post by Lena calling out Caz: *Lena*Member since 08/10/10917 posts *Lena* @ Jacqui and @Caz, the thing about SC is that it is not like any other online store. At SC product is put out at certain times once a month, you don't know for certain what it looks like, and you have to fight hundreds of other people for it ( and if a non-subber get everything in under 5 minutes). At 2Peas and online groceries, you can shop at your leisure, you know what you're getting and there aren't people competing with you for that same banana or whatever. So no, they are not alike at all. And the situation some were put into is either you get the eggs, or the mystery fruit, or get both and pay shipping twice. It isn't a matter of forgetting an item, it's a matter of actually having to choose shop items or kit/add-on, or pay shipping twice. If it's a matter of forgetting an item, then it is your fault and you decide if it's worth it, but here it's not like that at all. (Not to mention that 2Peas have combined orders for me if they weren't packed to go yet when they had new product in right after I placed an order). So, yeah, big difference and handslap fail!I also want to add, that this isn't a criticism of SC. I understand SC new policy and I am OK with it. It was a business decision, and that's that. Like Jen said, it is a kit-club first and foremost and subscribers are entitled to the perks. I can always choose to re-sub if I want the perks. I do wish they'd save some shop items for midnight reveal, but I will understand if they don't. I just wanted to address the handslapping of those who chose to voice an opinion, whose opinion was noted and addressed very well by SC, and the matter should have been left at that without the peanut gallery comments.
"Responding with "We can't program chaos" conveys an uppity attitude and makes me not want to buy from SC. "I have said it before and I will say it again, someone needs to revoke April's posting privileges. All of her posts come off so bitchy, I can't even imagine what a shrew she must be in real life. This whole shipping issue isn't going to garner them more subs, it is going to lose them customers. Stop and Scrap has a check box when you are ordering allowing you to combine orders and therefore not pay extra shipping- there is no reason SC can't do that as well.The whole rationale of buying twice at 2 Peas doesn't hold much water either- at SC shop items are added at noon- most of the good things are gone by actual reveal at midnight. So, if you are not a subber why in the world would you buy a shop item, pay a shipping charge, and then 12 hours later when you are able buy a kit or add on and pay another shipping charge? Two Peas doesn't only add items to their shop one day a month 12 hours apart. They add new product almost every day. BIG difference. And another flaw with their new system is that shop items are not all added at the same time, it takes a long time for all the items to get added, giving a HUGE advantage to the subbers. Which is another nice perk for subbers, but it is going to totally affect SC's bottom line. But, for the love of everything holy April, STOP POSTING!!!!
^^ I know Lena reads here so well-done Lena. Where is Aggie in all this mess? Would love to hear her opinion but I'm sure she's on watch as she already stated April contacted her about playing nice. lmao.
LOVE mary boys:maryboysapril -i'm surrounded by brilliant techies here in fargo, a major Microsoft campus. they tell me it's possible to program pretty much anything along this line...however, having said that, in the end it's your business. i'm just personally sorry to see the way the customer service culture has changed here, in my opinion.11/23/11 01:10pm
1:19, I agree. I'm not sure if April is trying to run her business so it's totally elite or if she's living under a rock and seriously thinks this is going to do no harm for her business.For this Black Friday business - all of the non-subbers are going to buy Black Friday products and pay for their shipping there. Those same people are not going then buy add-ons and a main kit a few days later. So they'll be losing business. The same can be said for every other month. They'll probably lose business somewhere because no one is going to pay for shipping twice.Re: Caz handslapping. I wish she would shut up. It's people like her that are orderign 5 boxes of stuff and having it shipped to NZ that are ruining it for the rest of us. Not to mention what she's making with those 5 products is a hot mess. I wish she would go away. She's far too stupid to understand the differnece between the way 2Peas runs shop and SC so I'm glad Lena called her out.
I love maryboys too.
WTF?From April:I ask that we all use discretion when posting to any message board. Think about what you're saying (whether in defense of SC or a complaint) and how it will affect others. Many times it's just best to not say anything at all publicly and email us privately. We've never not answered a complaint email (at least on purpose) and we seek to make all our customers happy. The problem comes in when there's a differing opinion and the battle is public and never seems to die down. So, i'm just asking for help here. thanks!
It's people like her that are orderign 5 boxes of stuff and having it shipped to NZ that are ruining it for the rest of usHow does that ruin it for everyone else, 1.26 ?
Think about it 1:39- if Caz orders 5 boxes of stuff that costs SC 15.00 each to ship and she spent over 100.00 her shipping is free. Therefore SC is paying 75.00 to ship boxes to Caz and eating the cost. You don't think that cost is passed on to other customers in some way? Really???
1:39 because she's totally take advantage of the flat shipping. April is making it sound like she's losing money and that's why these new policies are coming into play. Caz's boxes probably cost $100 to ship to her and she's paying $8 or whatever the cost to ship is.
get with the program and learn digi scrapping- it doesn't stop you from printing everything out and making it hard copy after all. _________________________________________Hate to burst your bubble over this one but I HATE digi scrapping. I have no issue with the people who do it or prefer it I see it as another avenue of this craft that I love but for me it is all about the cutting and glueing and the mess and the feel of everything. I find digi layouts flat and I just don't enjoy sitting at the computer and creating things, it feels like work for me.
Well, her highness has now asked Mary to keep things private.Just for the record, I emailed April yesterday about the shipping nonsense and had some questions and suggestions (and I was very restrained and tactful) and I haven't heard one thing back. So, keeping things private doesn't help much- although instead of being handslapped you get ignored.And WHO THE HELL IS CAZ to tell people how to live their effing lives? She needs a big old does of MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS. I feel like posting on that thread that it isn't the people complaining that are driving people off the boards it is the Holier Than Thou Allys and Cazs that are driving people away!
OMG I would love to see that email! I am just looking for a reason to split with SC!
OK- Ms.Snickerdoodle here- am I crazy about the shipping charges? I could have sworn we were charged shipping with our first store order- but even if we weren't other people had the same thought, so why is April being such a snot? I agree with whoever said she shouldn't be allowed to post anymore. She is just rude.
I got an email from SC before- want to see it? It wasn't anything very exciting. I know one other person who got the identical email. I wonder if Mary's will be the same?
There is nothing wrong with any of Mary's replies. I think Lena's was snarky but I still think she practiced a lot of restraint because she probably wanted to just yell "Caz STFU you moronic dumbass." Practicing any restraint when Caz is involved is hard to I don't blame her for showing a bit of snark.Like Mary said, the drama came when Naim kept posting over and over that she didn't want the thread to turn south. Pity me, Naim, shut up, you said it once you don't need to say it 5 times because now you're asking for it. Then the drama continued when Caz handslapped and RUKristin admitted to getting worked up towards her boyfriend. That thread didn't concern either of them as they are subbers so why Caz continues to stroke April is beyond me.
Snickerdoodle, I don't think you're offbase and I am even a subber. The new policy for non-subbers really sucks balls. It seems that April doesn't want your business. I'm sick of hearing them say it couldn't be programmed. It was programmed on the old site and even if it wasn't going to work with their new system then get a different new system. This flaw seems like a big deal so I can't believe they didn't think twice about how it would affect their business. If Kennon is telling them he can't program that then they need to get new Kennon.
Shoot, I must have deleted my email. Basically it just said to keep my concerns private as it made other people feel uncomfortable. Waiting for my posting privileges to be revoked now though that I did say April didn't need to be dismissive of my question. I wanted to say, "April, do you realize how rude and unprofessional you come across when you post snide comments like that? It is astonishing to me that a grown woman who owns her own business would think for one split second that that was an appropriate response."
The drama continues:April Foster@mary - there are people who like this policy change. LOTS. They want to be happy about it, but when there is constant, ongoing turmoil about it, I understand where they're coming from. You've said what you think, now please, if you have any more concerns, please email us privately.11/23/11 01:51pmmaryboysapril - are you telling me not to post here anymore?11/23/11 01:54pmApril FosterI've sent you an email mary.11/23/11 01:57pmmaryboysapril -thanks for your email. this is my last post on this thread for today, by my choice.you know, i've come to realize over my life, that i have nothing to be ashamed of or apologize for (in any part of life) if i have spoken my truth respectfully, which i have done here.if others are unable "to be happy" about the policy changes that they apparently like, because of what you call "turmoil" related to posts i have made, i would say that is a sad reflection on them. healthy adults generally have better coping skills than that.i am not easily controlled or intimidated - that can be a problem for others, sometimes. however, i always strive to be kind, honest, respectful, and compassionate. i am baffled as to why i have been targeted as "negative" for what i've said...but i will just let it go at this time.thanks for being willing to post your honest yet respectful posts, lena and ms snickerdoodle. i admire your fortitude:)11/23/11 02:27pm
maryboys, you always have a home here! :)
Hot Damn. April gave an apology.
OK, question on the subber shipping thread was asked and answered by Lorie and April, why does Caz feel the need to kick in a commnet, especially when she admits she doesn't even know the answer? Why isn't there an ignore button on this new board?
hell, why should caz not answer when she doesnt know? april doesnt know and still pipes up.
I am so irritated by Caz right now. Caz always irritates me so I'm going to stop reading any of her posts. She is one of those people that is a complete embarrassment to humanity. I posted earlier here today that knocking appearances is wrong, so maybe I'm being a complete hypocrite by even posting this. I don't care because that is how badly Caz irritates me. I can't listen to Caz babble on like a moron that SC can do no wrong and that she just lives her life so happily in the real world that she can't understand why people are complaining. CAZ, it happens all the time where 1 person raves about a business and another thinks they are the most awful business in the world. This policy sucks for a lot of people and April's attitude towards it makes it 100x worse. Why is she commenting on something that does not affect her whatsoever? I surely hope that she gets screwed over soon by SC soon in some way so she can taste her own medicine. I swear a balloon is in her head keeping it round instead of a brain. Can someone please point her here so she can read it? I want to throw poop at her head. Maybe she will then shut the fuck up. As in Caz's words: KWIM?
ROFL 'KWIM'. Wasnt caz complaining about the stamp solution?
I can't remember if she was complaining. If she was I probably couldn't tell because most of her posts make zero sense. She has an IQ of a 1 year old. The one thing I can remember her bitching about was the buying/selling policy. She couldn't get it through her head why someone wouldn't just give people the Noah alpha stamp.
Time to flood the mb and get all the negativity off the first page!
Caz complained & complained about stamp trading not being allowed. Incessantly. I find her dissing people for having a different view to be quite ironic.
Are those posts still there someplace? I will link them for her if someone can help me find them.
Caz HancockI just had an Email to say i won a part in Maggies DD picture classIm so excited, I know im not doing a DD as such but i am doing a summer journal so this will work for this im sureThanks so much for this, you have made my day :)*************************************That comment just rocks my socks off. All we have been hearing for the past month is how Caz will not be a doing a December Daily because it's summer in New Zealand. But there she went entering a giveaway for a Christmas photography class anyway. F my life.
hey ursula, shhh.
The shell stuck on just kills me!http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ariel-Disney-Princess-Little-Mermaid-2-premade-12-x-12-scrapbook-pages-girl-/270855238482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f103af352
I wish Caz, Ursula, etc. would send an email to April & Co if they have any requests. I don't understand what part of April's comment to all the other people they don't understand. If you have a question/complaint/etc., shoot them an email. Stop cluttering up the board with all of those MF posts.
10:02am you are part of the problem. It's not wrong to come out strong in a forum like this where people get to say really fucked up shit because they are anonymous- if that is "trashy" then GREAT- I don't want to be likable to people like you who stand by and go tut tut tut when wrong shit goes down- in fact I hope I offended you with my anguage and scared you off- you have nothing real to add to the convo anyway.As for the comment on digi scrapping being flat- I have to agree. It's a wash for those who want to go green since you have to use so much electricity to do it. I'll stick to reading magazines, buying books from a brick and mortar store and cutting paper for as long as they will let me. And I also must admit- a great digi scrapper will add lots of depth to a layout- you just gotta know the tricks.
I think April wigged out when she saw that SC members were freely sending each other the stuff that sold out in the last sale- she knows that creates a disincentive to over spend on her wares. She isn't allowing links to go up so people can tell each other about sales or give aways and the shipping policy is a straigh up bitch slap to anyone who had the audacity to drop their SC sub- she is telling each and every one of you GO. FUCK. YOURSELF. It's really ugly and she'll never admit it in a million years but that's her outlook- this is my club- I am the queen bee- you don't like it? Suck it. So STOP COMPLAINING and STOP BUYING ALL SC PRODUCT- not just the club stuff but EVERYTHING- that will hit her where it hurts- her pocket. PS now that SC is affiliated with American Crafts you also have an extra way to annoy April by complaining to AC brass about her antics- TRUST ME that's a deal she does NOT want to fall apart.
Lena and caz are having a cat fight. Go lena!!
Go Lena! About time someone put her in her place! Someone really needs to direct her here so she can see how everyone really feels....she is clueless.
It's a wash for those who want to go green since you have to use so much electricity to do it.%%%%%%%%%%I'm not even a digi scrapper (yet) but that is total bs unless you are still using your antiquated commodore from the 80s. As a matter of fact there is no comparison about the greeness of digi scrapping when you consider all the sources all the paper products come from and all the industry, not to mention transport involved in moving them from place to place.
For the record, everyone does not feel that way about Caz. Personally, I could care less about her-she has never once rubbed me the wrong way. But you 4 or 5 negative people there have most definitely caused me to not visit the boards as much. I have been there for awhile, and the small group of you that keep beating dead horses just for attention are causing people to stay away. It's a shame really, because that board was the one place where this kind of stuff never existed-until you all showed up. What does April need to say to make you all stop?
Ugh, you sound like those fucking PTI sheeple...
"But you 4 or 5 negative people there have most definitely caused me to not visit the boards as much. I have been there for awhile, and the small group of you that keep beating dead horses just for attention are causing people to stay away. It's a shame really, because that board was the one place where this kind of stuff never existed-until you all showed up. What does April need to say to make you all stop?"This is worth repeating... It's a few that seem to have a personal vendetta to bring SC down. Not only is the beating done at SC and here, but at 2 Peas as well. And it's the same people over and over again. Why would anyone so unhappy continue to subscribe, visit the boards, and waste so much time caring, except to stir the pot?
first time posting on this smack blog, i need to vent about Jennifer McGuire and her classes. So much repetition. I'm a newbie to papercrafts and joined up to all three of her classes hoping there will be SOMETHING NEW in them, but nope, all the same old shit, white embossing powder, dumping water on a lot of distress inks and her 'faux' letterpress technique appears in every class. She must be $$$$ grubbing to keep putting out the same old classes, the recent holiday one was $29 bucks and a total rip off. I found no inspiration AT ALL, it was a trainwreck. I can't wait to see what new class they are announcing. More people need to know to never sign up! Also, you pretty much need whatever she has to recreate the looks and that means she's getting more $ from the shops that she lists.
Not just that - wouldn't PTI be more worthy of the smack as they seem to have actual shoddy business ethics... I agree, seems like there is a personal SC vendetta by a select few... truthfully, take your money elsewhere if you are that unhappy. Other people will follow, if they feel the same way, clearly, most do not...
Lena and caz are having a cat fight. Go lena!!Where?
I ignore Caz. I feel sorry for her. It would be sad to not have any "real life" friends to hang out with and share all the stuff that she should not be sharing on the Internet.
I lurk at sc. Who is this Lena? Iwant to make out with her. I want to have her babies! Marry me, Lena! Caz is annoying as hell and stupid to boot.
7:20pm not to antagonize you but where do you think computer parts come from? Every single component in your electronic device of choice has to be made with raw materials mostly from third world nations with shoddy human rights records, once made they have to be transported from over seas in boxes and eventually they must be put in the trash to make way for newer devices that work faster. If you are a Mac sheep that would happen every 2 years. Do you recycle your computer and batteries? If not then I say you've lost this argument. Digi scrapping is ok by me- I just don't think you can bill it "green".
7:24 why are you addressing your post to "the same 4 or 5 people" you are bitching about as if you think they all post here? (As far as I know, only 1 SC poster has come out here, and she only made ONE post in amongst all that postage shit). So why don't you post your drivel on the SC board, since that is where the people you are talking to are sure to see it? Too fucking chicken shit, that's why. And a dumbass.
Do you recycle your computer and batteries? If not then I say you've lost this argument. Digi scrapping is ok by me- I just don't think you can bill it "green". November 23, 2011 8:31 PM &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&Of course it's green. Compared to the paper and other embellishments industries. Just in terms of sheer numbers. How often do you buy a new computer? Good question! OK, everyone who paper scraps should ask that question. Then contrast it with how many times do you buy the products that go into paper scrapping. Many of which are also made overseas at low cost in sweat shops and then transported to the good ole USA. On another scale, take a look at your local Michaels or LSS and all the products in that store and the energy footprint of them all massed together, against the energy footprint of each customer with one laptop doing digi scrap.
I'm not an SC subscriber. Never have been. Don't even go on the boards but had to go read the drama. Wow. Just Wow.I think maryboys was so well composed and thoughtful in her posts. As a business owner myself, I did not read her as "attacking" or "upset" either. April, Caz and Naim and all those others need to unwind their panties. And while I don't know Caz... she sure makes it easy for me to understand what you all say about her and Lena does rock.Pretty sad that as someone who isn't even a frequenter over there can get these vibe immediately! Yikes! Just seeing how April handled that tells me how glad I am I have never subbed nor will I ever at SC.
It always gets worse when they try to shut people up by locking threads or using that "go to email" line. Every time.
Here's the thing- computer sellers all have stores and warehouses as well and there are more stores and warehouses every day because there is more DEMAND. Please go to goggle and educate yourself on battery production for your phone and your camera. It will only take a few moments. What does it take to get all those wonderful metal alloys that make the electricity happen? How many miles does each tiny part travel to get to your desk or you POCKET? Ok you are a normal person and only get a computer every five years or so- good for you- how many times have you replaced a device for a teen in your family? How many phones have you gone through in 3 years? Guess what? Those use the same parts. Have you recycled those parts? Be honest.PULEEZE stop trying to sell computers as green- it's not gonna- TING!- magically make it true.
I know PLENTY of people who will HOORAY very loudly if SC goes under. I like their products very much but I will no longer buy them as much because they have gotten too expensive. I really wish they didn't have this crazed business model. It's not a French leather bag- IT'S. JUST. PAPER! The icing on the cake is the multiple shipping charges thing- unless... OH I GET IT! SC has a new deal with UPS!!!! This is a kick back!
12:49 and you can tell a few people are discussing it when all are anonymous, how? Ignorant.
I'm usually neutral about the SC smack and was genuinely considering subbing come January but I found it rather unnecessary, snarky even, for April to tack on this bit re people asking the same shipping questions to a response that she posted on the UK thread: (and, yes, even though i've shown my frustration a tad on the boards, I have exercised a LOT of patience :) Yes, I understand that some people might get a little tiresome with their relentless questioning or inability to read previously posted responses but I don't think there's a need to publicly state how you feel about it as a business owner.
9:03 don't know how to edumacate myself with "goggle". But to answer some of your questions, believe it or not, I don't own a cell phone. Hubby does. He's had the same one for years. No, I admit I have not recycled batteries or other dead parts, but have no reason not to as a close friend uses all that crap in his business. No kids, no teenagers in this house. PULEEZE stop painting everyone and everything with such a broad brush. And accept the 21st century reality that paper goods industries are incredibly wasteful of resources, pre and post production. It's all moot anyway. In 5 years or so most of us WILL be digi scrappers. The old ones quite simply are a dying breed. These goods are going the same way of books, newspapers, the reams and reams of copy papers utilized every day, magazines etc etc. Of course, it's easy to say in the change over period of such technological change that the new way is just as bad. But it is not possible to maintain that argument once we have all moved forward from where we are now and eliminated many of those wasteful products.
god. I so want to go post a link to where caz was trying to get around the trading/selling rule.http://www.studiocalico.com/community/studio-chat/topics/33388-hey-april?page=4
7:41- I might agree with you (about people just wanting to bring SC down) if the people who you are speaking about only posted on the negative threads or made negative comments on threads that didn't warrant it. Those ladies were just questioning (and have questioned) in the past the crappy stuff that SC does. They generally post nice comments, not everything they post is negative. People have valid concerns and issues with this major change April made and they voiced them. Nothing wrong with that, they were very respectful. April and all the hand slappers were the ones that were being disrespectful and rude.If you don't like the "negative vibe" then don't read those threads. It is pretty obvious which ones they are. And I think it is pretty obvious that Caz reads her due to her response to Lena.
Caz is a moron. I am pretty sure that there are more than just a few people that don't like her. I went to a scrapbook weekend with several people from Two Peas and Studio Calico and one person mentioned how much they don't like Caz and everyone rolled their eyes.
I like Jennifer McGuire and her blog, but where she used to share techniques freely there are now classes you have to pay for. There are only, even if you are inventive, a limited number of techniques you can do with ink and stamps and all the other Ranger Stuff that she use. I would recommend you to look for her summer stamp camp at the 2 Peas website, there you will find the techniques for free. That is, if they are still there...I do feel dissapointed that she too is going all " pay " with her blog I understand that people like her want to earn money on their craft but those should come from the companies she promotes not from the readers of her blog!All the big name scrappers seem to go the same way, where there used to bee sharing they now demand cash for " classes" or projects that do not differ greatly from what they did before. Sad:-((
Caz is a moron. I am pretty sure that there are more than just a few people that don't like her. I went to a scrapbook weekend with several people from Two Peas and Studio Calico and one person mentioned how much they don't like Caz and everyone rolled their eyes. ----Wow sounds like a bunch of high school skanks.
Link for the caz/lena thread?
http://www.studiocalico.com/community/studio-chat/topics/38354-sorry-it-s-another-shopping-question?page=3*Lena*This is my last post on this thread as well, and also by choice. People do deserve to be happy about the change, it is a good change in many respects. However, as with any change, there will be confusion and a little frustration. Some chose to vent this frustration, not to be negative, but to just put it out there. Some of you have forgotten that it is precisely this type of voicing of opinions that led to all the positive changes you are seeing. The wonderful thing about SC is that they do listen and do try to accommodate these little frustrations. But they can't know what's wrong if we don't mention it to them. As long as it is done in a positive way, which IMO was done here, I don't see how that is negative, or causing turmoil. @Caz - first of all I wasn't shouting at you, I didn't post what I said to shout at anyone, just to show the flaws in your example. Second of all, should I remind you about the time you spent complaining about a certain change at SC? How you've spent weeks talking about it and doing everything you can to attempt to bend that rule even after you were repeatedly told that it is not allowed? So I am glad you can move on so easily now, but you haven't done so in the past, remember that. April - I apologize if this was a bit negative. Like I said, this is my last post on this thread, but hopefully not on the SC boards. Thank you for letting us be able to vent our frustrations and for listening to them.*Lena OUT!*11/23/11 08:22pm Caz HancockLena, i wasn't actually talking to you when i said that, sorry i was replying to Mary which i stated in the post. I do know what you mean about it being more one of a kind here, but with that said its still an online shop where it is up to the owner with which way they run it.And if you are talking about the whole swap thing, i was not trying to bend the rules and i was not repeatedly told anything. Oh and i certainly didn't talk about that for weeks the post lasted a couple of days to which i said i would go with what April stated. 11/23/11 08:44pm Caz HancockOh and i do understand that people get upset with new changes and everything, but email April about it, she can talk to you in private
Love that UK thread. Naim & April do know we can all read it, don't they??
11:38 PM, I agree (I was the previous poster in this thread talking about JMG)! I do like her work, but I also discovered those earlier videos from Hero Arts and 2Peas and balked at the fact she is reusing them in a more lovely packaging (nice website, cooler images, better cam quality etc)... I like it if people make money from their hobbies but sometimes it can be pretty saddening the way it is done.
If anyone acts like a bunch of bitchy high school has beens, it would be April. I seriously doubt anyone liked Caz back then, but she probably was voted "Most Annoying" in her class.
I love SC. I have made great friends there, I like the kits, heck I even like April, but I honestly don't know how much more Caz I can take. I can deal with stupid people, but I can't stand it when someone is a complete idiot but thinks they are smart.
I also love SC- love the kits- I get tons of pages i love done with them. April is ok- it's hard being a business owner. But i too can't stand Caz- just like 5:59, she has ruined my SC experience! I'm sure April, deep down inside can't stand her either.
12:49 and you can tell a few people are discussing it when all are anonymous, how? Ignorant. November 23, 2011 9:16 PM ******Hi Ali! - Because I'm not talking to myself and there are other people posting about it. Different writing styles. Your use of the word ignorant does not make sense in context.You do realize when you come to Ali's defense anytime ANYBODY mentions her name here that you really aren't doing her any favors? Hmm, and how do we know that you aren't the ONLY one posting?It is fun to make you angry though. lol.
Ditto to 5:59 & 6:33. April is ok in my opinion. I have worked for other small businesses, and it is not easy being an owner at all. Personally, I think it makes you a little on the crazy side sooner than later ;) But you have to do what you have to do as an owner, making decisions and implementing them. Caz, well, I have been at SC for over three years. She alone has made my SC experience miserable for the past year+. I really don’t know how much more I can take of her.
9:25 can I just say that it's actually awesome to find anothr green thinker in here of all places? We actually agree on most points. I love paper with a passion and I wish it were greener- I don't really like digi but I acknowledge that's were the industry is going and maybe that's for the best. I didn't want to paint with a broad brush- I realized as I wrote those words I might actually be speaking to a person who didn't fit my description. I was hoping to rope in some others into the discussion. That aside I do think a person willing to do the work can easily educate themselves online- it's the digi version of a great bookstore- but that's another issue entirely and I don't mean to imply you haven't already or that you need it- just that the information is there for the taking and the sources aren't all wackos speaking out of their asses.PS- I really wish people wouldn't focus on theis CAZ person over at SC- yes she's insanely annoying but you gratify her yucky needs every time you respond to her antics- she wants to matter at any cost and LOVES the attention. April LOVES her too because she annoys you so much she takes the heat for all the ugly shit that's going down business wise.
the best way to go green...don't scrapbook.shocking but true.less paper and less electricity are two ways to go more green, so to be green, you can't do either.I can't stand it when people throw themselves into a "cause" but then don't live it.PETA and their leather wearing uses, guess what, we still eat animals.
Wow- I didn't read the UK thread before, but yeah, April really must think we can't read it, how incredibly unprofessional of her!
i think april's responses are pretty passive aggressive for the most part and she should take her own advice and not post sometimes.but some of the customers seem to think running SC is a public institution and that they should have their democratic vote on every single policy put into place.it doesn't work like that ladies. voice your complaint and move on. you can't badger a store owner into implementing YOUR business ideas. if you feel strongly about them so much either stop shopping there or go start your own business
for eg. post from snickerdoodle:The thing is that SC has shown that they DO listen to customers input and make changes based on that- so maybe some people feel if they voice their concerns their might be a compromise made.she is convinced if she lobbies her agenda enough, she will get her way
Digi scrapping sucks. I have tried it and no its not because i can't do it. There is nothing like getting inky and playing with real papers.
10:19, I have no dog in the shipping fight- I was just standing up for the other people who were voicing their frustrations and concerns over it. I am a subber- so the multiple check outs don't matter to me. I am just sick and tired of the few holier than thous that feel they need to hand-slap others for speaking up. So many people obviously agree with those frustrated with the changes, but they are too cowed by the hand slappers to speak up in support.
Just to be clear, I was not complaining or questioning the changes made to the shipping policy- ever- so I don't have an agenda, just trying to be supportive of other members who get chastised for voicing their opinions.
Ahh, she's pregnant with twins - been going through IVF- maybe she's been hormonal, maybe that's what's been going on?? She certainly has had a lot on her plate. Still, she should have left the MB posting to Lorie then!Congrats, April. I wish you well.
9:25 can I just say that it's actually awesome to find anothr green thinker in here of all places? We actually agree on most points. I love paper with a passion and I wish it were greener- I don't really like digi but I acknowledge that's were the industry is going and maybe that's for the best$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$I agree, it is great to have the discussion and both sides have valid points, and it has been very interesting talking to you. The funny thing is, I am currently a paper only scrapper and myself, very resistant to digi. Which is funny, since I got into paper crafts after making my own cards and things digi in the nineties. But I realize digi is the way of the future, and actually welcome the idea of getting rid of all those seperate apace and resource hogging prodcuts, and getting back to digi. I think there are much nicer prodcuts out there today for digi scrappers. So I'm taking a few classes and trying to learn the ropes. I do see one day when I will have switched over. It's just a continuation of all the latest advances in tech, which allow us to get rid of "stuff": compact discs, films, papers, books, newspapers, mags, photo albums and scrapbooks. I really like the idea and want to learn more.
I will not go digi. I do not like the two dimensional appearance of the "pages" either on the screen or printed out. I've only seen one digi page that looked attractive. To me, the "embellishments" for digi pages are just too fake looking. Yeah yeah, someday all the digi creators will get better graphics that look more real. But I can still tell the difference. I am a hands-on type all the way. I sew. I paint. I make jewelry (sometimes even making my own beads from clay and glass). I knit and crochet. I will always make my own scrapbook pages from paper and embellishments. If manufacturers aren't making embellishments any more, I can always make my own. :)More power to you if you like digi. I think it's ugly, but I don't have to look at your books (if you even bother printing them out) and I don't buy magazines that feature a lot of digi-scrapping. So do whatever works for ya. But don't say that digi scrapping is "better" than any other way, because there is no right way to scrap.Oh and as for the "green" argument. Bah. We do tons of things in our household to be more "green". Scrapping is my treat, and I do it as "green" as I can by saving scraps, donating what I'm not going to use or by finding ways to recycle/re-purpose. My son and I enjoy making paper with my cardstock scraps that are too small for any other use. Homemade paper makes awesome cards!
WTH are you talking about 11 am?
April, owner of SC preggo with twins. Guess that's why minimum for free shipping went up, gotta buy those diapers!
http://www.studiocalico.com/community/studio-chat/topics/38461-i-am-sorry-but-the-new-shopping-system-sucks-right-nowI am going to honor April's wishes and not post on this thread, but I know 99.9% of the people from Studio Calico read over here...I find it hysterical that I post on a thread where someone is upset about their kit not having the contents it's supposed to have. I'm not even ugly about my post, said my box was missing things but SC tried to at least make up in a little way. I get called a slanderer by Caz for "badmouthing" the club. Where is that shit stirrer Caz when Rosalie is posting that she is pissed about ordering issues? For goodness sakes...it's just scrapbooking supplies!!! There are starving people in Africa. April, for the love of God...put a freaking ignore button on your site!
regarding timmy, don't be fooled , he's nice to everyone to their face (to sell his product of coarse) but he makes fun of them when they leave.. he's a jerk..
I don't like the look of digi scrapping. In fact, I wish I could filter it out of the 2 peas store- it's so irritating to wade through it. I love paper and texture, buttons, fabric, all of it, the layering, glue, just the whole package. Digi could never give me the same warm/fuzzy feeling. As far as being "green," so sorry, I'm just a big old selfish Scrooge who does not care.
April pulled what Rosalie said, can you sum up for us?
she didnt say a bunch - other than she had been adding a buttload to her cart and the system started deleting what was in her cart by itself. April said they thought they had fixed that problem and to please email her so she could ask a question.$10 says tonights shopping experience is a nightmare.
April must have deleted her comment, but it started out like this: "i am P****D i have spent 30 minutes trying to shop for friends and our order is ..." Rosalie should have sent a private message to April. That's what she and her sidekicks have said on numerous threads to other customers with questions or concerns. She can dish it, but she can't take it.
^^^ If you can link a thread where Rosalie has done what you're saying, I'll believe it. I have never seen one from her.
^^^^what she said. I am suprised the whole post wasnt pulled. I know April and Lori edit comments, so I wonder who deleted Rosalie's post? Her or April?
here's the thread, but its been edited. I saw the original post. http://www.studiocalico.com/community/studio-chat/topics/38461-i-am-sorry-but-the-new-shopping-system-sucks-right-now
i saw it too and it was definitively an outburst. she said how ridiculous it was that she had only 5 minutes to get what she needed and that everytime she loaded her cart, it would start dropping items. april replied that she thought that that problem had been taken care of and she asked rosalie to email her because she had specific questions she needed answered.
Surely Rosalie would have deleted the whole thread, not just her post. Or is that no longer possible with this new site?
ugh, I don't even want to go in there for this BF sale.
you can remove a whole thread. I tried it :)
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