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Annual Photoworks Photography Contest

Well it’s that time again for our 3rd Annual Photo Contest so dig out those prized pictures form the past year(or later)

You must be an amateur Photographer, if you sell your images sorry this one is not for you. You must print at Photoworks and pay for an 8×10 ($5.99) of your image. We will then display it in the mall for the next 2 months on the windows of the empty store across from us. They will also be displayed at www.swiftcurrentonline.com under the contests link. When the contest is over which is March 31st 2009 the pictures will be judged by some local photographers and the winners will be chosen. After the 12th of April you can come pick up your picture form the store if we have not contacted you as one of the winners.

The catagories are- Best Over ALL

  • Photographer 12 and under
  • Scenic
  • Still Life(this is a new catagory)
  • Animal
  • People
  • B&W

All catagories will win a Fuji Finepix J15, and the Best Overall winner will receive a Fuji Finepix S8100. You can email(a large sized file) or upload it online at  fotodepot. Bring in a negative, or even just the picture for us to scan, however if we scan the picture there will be an extra charge of $1 per picture scanned.  Once the pictures start rolling in you will also be able to view all the entered pictures at Swift Current Online.

So start entering those pictures today we look forward to seeing them all, Good luck to all.

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In one of my frequent insomina late nights, I came across this website to put together slideshows… and I started playing and before you know it I put together a little slideshow from the retreat in February. I hope you enjoy 🙂


This is hard

Not sure where the time goes but it sure has gone. I think it has been months since I last wrote on here. Things have been pretty good at the store, we had our fall retreat and it was such a success we booked another one February 6-8th. It is already over half full so if you were thinking of coming you shouldn’t put off signing up. It was a riot by all who attended and if you read Tara, Mel or Lee’s blog you would see for you yourself. Not an event you will want to  miss again.

Things around my house have been just as Chaotic as the store and it never seems I spend enough time there. Running kids from one event to another keeps us all quiet busy. This fall has also seen a few major concerns in our family mostly concerning my son. I am hoping in December to finally get to the bottom, or at least the middle of what is going on in his mind. You see my son has a reading disability and so even though he is in grade 4 he doesn’t read much past the end of a grade 1 level. This has been a struggle for him, his teachers and us as well.  However in December we will be taking him for a slew of tests(6hrs. worth) and if this doesn’t finally figure something out I don’t know what will.

This fall I finally did a page for my son on being 8 and the struggles we had  last year with school, we often scrapbook the good but forget about the bad, Don’t! Those bad days may seem hard at the time but I look back on that page and am reminded how I said I would be there for him no matter what. I guess that’s what 6hrs. of testing is. Sometimes it helps put the little things in perspective and they don’t seem so big anymore. So scrapbook the good but don’t forget the bad.coltens-eight-small

This past summer Photoworks did a spot for Sasktel max magazine, if you would like to see us and take a look into a piece of our store turn to channel 48 and you will find us under the craft section in the Max magazine. It was a fun experience and thanks to Sasktel our workshop room was completed at a much fast rate than it otherwise would have, thanks Sasktel.

If you haven’t been in the store lately you need to come see the many new products we have gotten in for Christmas. We would also like to welcome Theresa to our staff, she will be a great asset to the photolab. However a scrapbooker she is not, YET! The other girls are working on it and will make her a scrapbooker yet, she had her husband in the store and he has alreadydecided she needs to scrapbook. So please be patient with her as we teacher the scrapbooking lingo.

Well it is late so I must get off to bed, morning will come much to quickly 😉


Great retreat

here I am blogging all on my own. Who is to know if it will even make it to our site. If not I am sure Tara can find it in cyberspace and put it back where it belongs.

I am a poor blogger so first I must catch up on the wedding for those interested. It was gorgeous. The weather co-operated beautifully. Everyone had a wonderful time the tent was a hit and Mike and Erin looked awesome. Now they are a happily married couple! Oh young love.

Now the retreat! It went fantastic. The Mainstay people really know how to treat you. You know how they say if you go on a cruise you can expect to gain ten pounds-well a weekend at the Mainstay can do the same thing for you. As Tara mentioned we had a lot of laughs and even got some scrapping done. I love retreats-they are a great catch up time and it really gets the creative juices flowing. I wanted to come home and keep right on scappin’. Alas reality strikes and I must resume working, cooking and cleaning.

Now it is time to start thinking about Christmas. My sister, Tammy called this afternoon and wants me to make three grandparent albums for her to give as gifts. She told me she didn’t want to stress me out. I wasn’t stressed-you want to know why? I did a class for December called Favorite Photos. It is cute, quick and can be carried in a Grandma’s purse. If you are thinking maybe you’d love to do a mini album for Christmas or maybe even one to carry in your own purse-don’t miss it. Remember if you would rather work at home you can order a class kit. I love class kits and buy quite a few. They are the perfect thing to pack up and take along for quickie scrappin’ i.e. going to a friends house to scrap or to whip up while you are waiting for the kids at practice. Believe me it can be done.

I am a real mini album lover. You know why-because they give me a sense of accomplishment. In a few hours I can complete a whole album. I love to give them as gifts and am never disappointed by people’s reactions. Makes you feel pretty special to know someone has taken all this time for you. I give them with pictures or without. Enough!!!

Hope you all are enjoying your fall. Stop in the store on a Tuesday and I will tell you about how I saved that goats life.

Mel


Well we are home! We had a fabulous weekend out at the Mainstay Inn. Mel, Claire, Lee and myself got there early to set up the store. Though kudos go to Mel and Claire for doing such a great job setting up before we even got there! We basically hung a couple of things and then we started in on the scrapbooking.

Oh wait first we had lunch and if you have never been to the Mainstay Inn Resturant may I suggest you go NOW!! The food was amazing, simply amazing all weekend long! So we ate, and then we scrapbooked. Slowly people started coming in and by Friday supper most had arrived.

So why was this is amazing? Well scrapbooking uninterrupted! Plus the handiness of having the store right there was handy as well. The amazing people we met, you guys cracked us up. The sharing of stories… I mean where else where a person learn about goat CPR?!?! Or chasing a bus in a housecoat – good times those stories. I don’t think we laughed so hard or for so long! It was also cool to see what other people were doing and creating with them. The Making Memories Slice Machine was a huge hit and may I add that is one dang cool machine. I prefer it over the cricut myself – cheaper, easier to use, more portable… but to each their own! Oh and the new Basic Grey Paper. And while I’m not a fan of Halloween – and especially Halloween scrapbook supplies – the Halloween paper was so amazing I was trying to find some Halloween pictures to use for it!

The prize for the latest stayer upper was Lee! That brave girl scrapbooked until after 4 am and then was up at 8 am – now there is a die hard scrapbooker!

Saturday was more of the same and Laura joined us in the evening, though we didn’t see too much of her as she was busy with the business end of things. We had three buffets – and each was totally and completely amazing food. It was such a joy to have someone create such great food, clean our rooms, make our beds and leaving us free to scrapbook! More stories were told…. ask Mel about the goat CPR. I swear that girl should write a book, I was in stitches and my stomach hurt – not only from eating way too much but laughing way too hard! During the meals, everyone would be looking at our table, as our table participants would be leaning over the chairs laughing, tears in our eyes, and basically making fools of ourselves. But I will treasure those times because when lately there hasn’t been much smiles or laughter in life, this weekend had tons and tons of it. And we hadn’t even started drinking yet!

Sunday we ran into unexpected treat – freezing rain!! Why is that a treat?!?! Because after much discussion, and checking of weather forecasts, we as a group wimped out and decided to stay another night. I know we were hard done by! Not! It was great. Instead of saying good-bye to all the great people we met, we spent another day hanging out. And there may have been a partaking of some beverages as well – the Monkey’s Lunch was particularly my favorite!

Our table in the store area – even though Claire and I weren’t offically working – had some brainstorming ideas. One great one was a dare club. I’ll be giving out the details of this a bit later but it will push you and revulation the way you scrapbook. So if you feel stuck in a rut or feel like ‘where’s waldo’ when you scrapbook because you are never in your pages – this will be the class for you. I am so excited about it, I started working on it!

So instead of being responsible – well what’s the joy of having a weekend away if were responsible?!?! – we stayed up late to scrapbook. Monday, we slowly started leaving, and we made it home safe and sound, though driving slowly. The roads weren’t in great condition but we all have to go home sometime!

Another retreat is in the works for February – space again is limited – so please book quickly as we want YOU to come and hang out with us! It is time and money very well spent! I didn’t take many pictures – I know how sad is that?? But I was too busy scrapbooking! And it’s late so this chickie is going to bed.

Final thought – if you want to come and have ideas on what you would like to see, let us know. If you were there with us and you have ideas on how to make this better – let us know that too. Or let us know what was your favorite part! We wouldn’t be here but for all you out there, and we love you all for it!!!

Thanks chickies – night from one tired gal 🙂


Well we are home! We had a fabulous weekend out at the Mainstay Inn. Mel, Claire, Lee and myself got there early to set up the store. Though kudos go to Mel and Claire for doing such a great job setting up before we even got there! We basically hung a couple of things and then we started in on the scrapbooking.

Oh wait first we had lunch and if you have never been to the Mainstay Inn Resturant may I suggest you go NOW!! The food was amazing, simply amazing all weekend long! So we ate, and then we scrapbooked. Slowly people started coming in and by Friday supper most had arrived.

So why was this is amazing? Well scrapbooking uninterrupted! Plus the handiness of having the store right there was handy as well. The amazing people we met, you guys cracked us up. The sharing of stories… I mean where else where a person learn about goat CPR?!?! Or chasing a bus in a housecoat – good times those stories. I don’t think we laughed so hard or for so long! It was also cool to see what other people were doing and creating with them. The Making Memories Slice Machine was a huge hit and may I add that is one dang cool machine. I prefer it over the cricut myself – cheaper, easier to use, more portable… but to each their own! Oh and the new Basic Grey Paper. And while I’m not a fan of Halloween – and especially Halloween scrapbook supplies – the Halloween paper was so amazing I was trying to find some Halloween pictures to use for it!

The prize for the latest stayer upper was Lee! That brave girl scrapbooked until after 4 am and then was up at 8 am – now there is a die hard scrapbooker!

Saturday was more of the same and Laura joined us in the evening, though we didn’t see too much of her as she was busy with the business end of things. We had three buffets – and each was totally and completely amazing food. It was such a joy to have someone create such great food, clean our rooms, make our beds and leaving us free to scrapbook! More stories were told…. ask Mel about the goat CPR. I swear that girl should write a book, I was in stitches and my stomach hurt – not only from eating way too much but laughing way too hard! During the meals, everyone would be looking at our table, as our table participants would be leaning over the chairs laughing, tears in our eyes, and basically making fools of ourselves. But I will treasure those times because when lately there hasn’t been much smiles or laughter in life, this weekend had tons and tons of it. And we hadn’t even started drinking yet!

Sunday we ran into unexpected treat – freezing rain!! Why is that a treat?!?! Because after much discussion, and checking of weather forecasts, we as a group wimped out and decided to stay another night. I know we were hard done by! Not! It was great. Instead of saying good-bye to all the great people we met, we spent another day hanging out. And there may have been a partaking of some beverages as well – the Monkey’s Lunch was particularly my favorite!

Our table in the store area – even though Claire and I weren’t offically working – had some brainstorming ideas. One great one was a dare club. I’ll be giving out the details of this a bit later but it will push you and revulation the way you scrapbook. So if you feel stuck in a rut or feel like ‘where’s waldo’ when you scrapbook because you are never in your pages – this will be the class for you. I am so excited about it, I started working on it!

So instead of being responsible – well what’s the joy of having a weekend away if were responsible?!?! – we stayed up late to scrapbook. Monday, we slowly started leaving, and we made it home safe and sound, though driving slowly. The roads weren’t in great condition but we all have to go home sometime!

Another retreat is in the works for February – space again is limited – so please book quickly as we want YOU to come and hang out with us! It is time and money very well spent! I didn’t take many pictures – I know how sad is that?? But I was too busy scrapbooking! And it’s late so this chickie is going to bed.

Final thought – if you want to come and have ideas on what you would like to see, let us know. If you were there with us and you have ideas on how to make this better – let us know that too. Or let us know what was your favorite part! We wouldn’t be here but for all you out there, and we love you all for it!!!

Thanks chickies – night from one tired gal 🙂


New Product!!!

Well it’s midnight and I’m finally at home, in my pjs, and now trying to update the computer world on what has been going on. I have spent many hours this weekend – almost 20 hours! – entering in two huge orders. And let me tell you, it was mighty difficult to put it all back in the box and not take any home for me. After all I should be able to do quality control right?!?! But alas I was well behaved and did not buy one single thing, all the more for you to buy dear reader.

Let me see, there was new paper from Basic Grey, and Fancy Pants. As well as some Bo Bunny paper. Some fancy diecut snowflake paper. Some cool western papers. There was BLING! I am the lover of all things bling, so that was particularily difficult to see go back in to the box. My I add it was different and cool bling as well. There was brads. There were rubons and stickers for every occassion. More glitter mist and alcohol inks. If you have seen neither of those in action, you must come in and get a demo, it will change your world!

Now why did I put it all in the box, instead out in the store? Because as a special extra treat, we decided to give everyone coming to the retreat first dibs, so we’ll be taking it along with us. Can I just menition how excited I am about this weekend?!? Great company, three days of scrapping and I don’t have to cook one meal. For a single girl that hates to cook, that might be the biggest drawing factor…. Nah who am I kidding it’s the company and scrapbooking 😀

We have also received an email that we have another shipment coming in as well! So as long as UPS gets it to us before Thursday, we’ll have all that new stuff too. And a little birdie told me it has the MK Slice Machine. If you haven’t seen it or heard about it, well this make become your favorite tool 🙂

Have a great week 🙂

ps. The November class schedule is in. I will get it up as soon as I can.


Who can Print the Most Photos

Is it you?! We were talking one night, and one of us menitioned how many pictures they have on their computer and still haven’t printed. It started us thinking I wonder how many pictures are on computers or memory cards. Because we are a curious bunch, we decided to hold a contest, because honestly who doesn’t want to win something free!!?? So how it works is from October 1 to 31 bring in all those pictures, or send them in online. And we will see how exactly has the most pictures! The prize is you win that amount back. Example the winner has 500 pictures, we will give you credit to print 500 pictures. Now the unfun stuff – the rules! But a necessary evil

1. Only digital prints, film or scanned prints do not count.

2. It has to be 4×6 to be included in the contest. You are more than welcome to print other sizes, but we are only counting the 4x6s.

3. The winner will have their name and amount of pictures posted on our website and blog.

So get those memory cards, and USB drives ready to go and get those pictures in pronto!


Open House and Other Goodies!

Our Open House was a success, thank you to all that came out! We enjoyed having you out for the evening! 😀 If you missed it, well you missed some great demos on alcohol ink. No isn’t something you drink!! But a cool new ink that you can use on well, anything. Do you have some metal embellishments that are as ugly as well you know what? You can use this ink to change the color, it is truly amazing stuff 🙂

The other big thing is glitter mist. If you are at all like this girl, you love your bling. I love my bling – sigh bling 🙂 Okay I am back. Glitter mist is a spray that can be applied to anything and everything and you guessed it, it glimmers and sparkles. It comes in a variety of shades and is oh so very very pretty!

October class will be up soon. We are just waiting for one our teachers to get back to us on dates.

Tip of the day: Take your cameras and take some pictures! I promised myself I would not let fall get away from me this year. So I did take a couple of pictures this year and today I noticed a lot of leaves are missing off those trees! So go out and grab your pictures now!


Cut It Out Club

During the summer, we used the time to do a little research, put our ears to the ground as they say, and come up some new ideas.

One idea was to have a membership.  We thought this way we could keep better track of all of you out there and also help you get some savings.  Savings you say?  I hear the perking of many ears….. or is it eyes?!?! So how this membership works is you pay a yearly fee of $29.99.  Now I can hear you all rolling your eyes going but how does this save us money?  Well just wait until I tell you what you get for this remarkably low price.

  • No regular class fees
  • 5% off everyday on regular priced scrapbooking supplies
  • 15% on your purchases for your birthday
  • 5% off all your photo enlargements (5×7 or larger)
  • refer a friend and receive a $5 gift card
  • daily specials for members only
  • unlimited use of our new scrapbooking room and tools (believe me this is handy!) This does not include the Cricut mats though.  You must bring your own or purchase one from the store.
  • free class with 4 weeks of membership purchase

We are always open to some new ideas too.  So if you think of something we should have for just members drop off your idea to one of us!

We also decided to set up a couple of groups too.  We have heard your cries about being behind in scrapbooking.  And we all know how popular Lee’s Express Class is…. so we set up an Express Club.  This club will meet once a month from September to December.  If you are unable to attend, you will still recieve all the materials with instructions to take home.  When you work that out, that’s 24 scrapbook pages that will look amazing!

More and more we hear about people wanting something special to give to a loved one.  That inspired us to start a Card Club.  Same thing, they will meet once a month and make 10 cards each meeting.  A lot of people are truly honored by being given a handmade item and do treasure it.

Drop by the store for more information.