Fall! In the Target parking lot! Most of the trees here are green, but a few trees were affected by the cold snap this week and have turned colors. We had a wonderful week of temps in the upper 60s, low 70s for highs. It was amazing! I turned the oven on and baked things. I opened up the windows and let the cool air inside. It felt invigorating to mop floors without sweating. Next week, we’ll be back in the 80s. BOO.
In creative news:
Tuesday, I finished one of my favorite projects of the year, so far. I decided to jump in and join Gratitude Documented 2022 (clickable link). I purchased the Illustrated Faith printable ephemera to be used with some pre-made Memorydex lined cards. I thought this would be the perfect project to finally use my Blush Memorydex(clickable link). I’ve had this for a few years and just a month ago, I was thinking about getting rid of it since I hadn’t found a use for it yet.
It took about two days to get the cards all done, and that’s with having the ephemera all cut out and ready to go. Not bad. I like that it’s done far enough in advance so that I can forget all the work and how long it took, haha. Now I get to do all the fun stuff like take pictures and flip through the cards. The hard part is not quitting midway during setup. Ugh.
Last weekend, I noticed that my online cart full of Christmas scrapbook supplies had begun SELLING OUT. Oh no!! I started the cart because the supplies I wanted were still on pre-order status. I got distracted, and everything must have arrived, because it all started going out of stock. I quickly placed my order with this online company, and I’ll mention that I’ve never ordered from this company before. I won’t say who it is because of the next part. They shipped my order quickly and it arrived pretty fast via FedEx.
Sadly, it arrived in a padded mailer, looking like a mess. The package was torn up and I could see inside through the tears. The paper was crumpled on the corner. There was a piece of corrugated cardboard on the back and everything was in a bag that was taped around with clear package tape.
A single piece of corrugated cardboard was just not sturdy enough to survive the trip. I also ordered a box of washi tape, and a few packaged items, which, as you can imagine in a *PaDdEd MaiLeR* with heavy paper, they were squashed. I don’t think I’ve received scrapbook paper not shipped in a box before. Is this normal?
I contacted the company, and they offered a reasonable resolution the same day. I appreciated the speediness of the response. I can still use the paper since I’ll be scrapbooking 6×8 this year. I let them know that I can trim off the damaged parts. I do usually use my scraps, though.
I ended up with a partial credit to my online account, not to my payment method. So, if I decide to order again, it will be there, but I don’t know. I am comfortable saying that while this package was roughly handled in the mail, it was improperly packaged from the beginning.
I’ve been admiring printable collage papers, and I got to use some from artwithEmilyB on Instagram. It was a fun journaling project. I love the cats!! And the sweater!! Do you see the tiny orange pumpkin in the middle? It’s from a package of Trader Joe’s oatmeal. haha.
Finally, Saturday, I got to to to Michaels, where they had the absolute cutest Christmas aisles. Everything was so clean and tidy. I had never been to this specific Michaels before. I screenshot the below photo from a video I took, so it’s a little blurry. That garland in the middle with the medium sized pom-poms – I picked up a couple of those. I absolutely love it. I posted a little video of what I saw in the store on my Insta if you want to see the rest.
I think that’s all for this week. Thanks for reading this week’s creative report! <3, C