From Creative Memories to Panstoria…an Upgrade

26 Oct

I took the plunge today and converted my StoryBook Creator and my Memory Manager to Panstoria’s Artisan and Historian.  The main reason is that because the Creative Memories versions of the software is no longer supported and with the Etsy business, I didn’t want to lose anything.

Also, my digital content needs a bit of re-fresh so I wanted to make sure I had software that would support the new content.

So I took the leap and downloaded the new software.

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Purchase software from Panstoria.com

Historian —–>  http://www.panstoria.com/historian/overview/

Artisan ——->  http://www.panstoria.com/artisan/overview/

After your purchase you will get an email with your Download link and the product key.

Historian,

Here are the steps to get your Memory Manager into Historian (pssst…it’s super easy)

Download the software & go through the install wizard and activate your software.

You can create a new “Vault” but it’s not necessary.

Just navigate on your computer, or external hard drive where you old vault was saved and open it up in Historian and you are ready to go.

Artisan

With Historian you had a to think a little bit but not with Artisan.

Download the software and go through the wizard.  Go through the process to activate your software.

When the software installs it will say.  Hey we see you already have Storybook Creator Do you want to Migrate your content?

CLICK MIGRATE!!

Almost instantaneously it’s done and you can go on your way creating beautiful things.  It’s really that simple!

Please comment if you have any questions.  As always you can find me on Facebook  The Crafty Organizer

Can’t wait to show you my first project using the new software.  Off to Create some more cards, invites, and more.

(pssst check out the Etsy site —————————————->)

-Stef

 

Time to get cracking on Christmas

24 Oct

So sorry friends that I didn’t do the 31 days of Christmas this year.  We are still trying to get settled in our new home and I am still figuring out the new job.  So keeping up with Etsy orders is about all I can do on a day to day basis.

With that said the Holidays are right around the corner.  I can’t even believe it.  So I need to get cracking on making some gifts happen because now because we live so much further away from everybody I need to get things done and shipped way earlier than usual.  No more last minute gifts for us which makes me excited and nervous all at the same time.

So with that said it’s time to get my craftiness on and make some Christmas cards and start thinking about the infamous Black Friday shopping.  We are excited to start some new family traditions in our new home.

So stay tuned for more exciting projects coming and as I create new things I will be sure to share them with you!!  :)

Stay crafty people!!!

-Stef

Holiday Cards are coming

12 Oct

Because I haven’t been doing the 31 days of Christmas this year.  Moving to a new state over 900 miles away has kind of thrown off my schedule.  I am getting into the holiday spirit and thinking about designing some holiday cards.

While I have posted three winter wedding invites, Check them out  www.etsy.com/shop/WarmTidings, I need to expand my offerings.

I will have both digital and printed version available.   My goal is to do a huge push for Holiday Cards starting November 1st.  Let’s see if I can actually meet that goal.

I am also looking for ideas on how to promote my business and what the best way to expand.  I really want this to take off and I need to spend more time on it, but any advice my readers can give is greatly appreciated!!!!

Calling all Photographers…I need your HELP!!!

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CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

So, I’m not sure if this is okay, but I will try anyway.  I am looking for some photographers that have taken some pictures of weddings, babies and children so that I can use their pictures on my etsy site.  While, I think my husband and I look fabulous, and my son is adorable, we are not a great marketing tool.

For those that haven’t checked it out yet here is my Etsy Site:  www.etsy/shop/WarmTidings.  You can also click ——> there is  a link where it says “I sell on Etsy”

I create a bunch of different invitations for birthdays, birth announcements, and weddings, but clearly you can see the pictures don’t help.

Case in point (Yup that’s me)

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So, what’s in it for you.  If I use your picture I will give you free advertising in the listing with all of your information, you can even leave your watermark on the picture, if for some reason it get’s cropped out, I will replace it.

I will also feature all of the photographers that I use on my Facebook page and here on the blog to help build your business.

For local photographers, I am in the New York area so if you are trying to build your business I am happy to help!   My etsy site gets pretty good traffic, but I think it will get even better if I can get some professional pictures on my listings.

Be sure to check out my page.  If you are interested in contributing.  Please send me an email with a link to your website at:  CraftyOrganizer80@gmail.com.

Also please like my Facebook Page!  I’m trying to build up the business and get to 100 likes!

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Thank you in advance for your help!!!!  I can’t wait to see some pictures!!  :D

-Stef

 

WarmTidings – What I’ve been up to

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So not only have I been moving across the country I have continuously been fulfilling orders on my Etsy site WarmTidings (www.etsy.com/shop/WarmTidings).  I can’t believe that I am up to 57 orders already and the shop has been open since March.

Along with fulfilling orders I have come up with some new designs of wedding invitations to add to my listings.  I figure the more I have the more traffic I will get.  So I created some traditional invitations to hopefully suite the needs of the masses.  As always with my invites that colors, font and wording can be customized.

Here they are.  Click on the picture to go to the site.

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Next things on the list to create are some Halloween themed invites for parties, birthdays and weddings.  Which actually I just came up with that idea as I was typing this up.

I also started creating invites for winter weddings.  Crazy to think that winter weddings are just around the corner.  Here is what I came up with.

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I am also creating a super special birthday invite for a friend.  So much to manage but I love it.  Nothing better than being able to put your stamp on somebody’s special event!!

Hope you like the invites, as always I welcome feedback!!

Thanks for visiting!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – Week 1 Recap

28 Sep 1 moving

Hi everybody,

It has been quite the week.  First Week of Work, First time driving to New Jersey by myself.  First time to Cooperstown.  So many first and boy do we have the pictures to prove it.    And the best part was that we unloaded the truck and NOTHING was damaged.  I kind of rock at packing a truck.  If anybody reading this lives in New York and needs help loading a truck.  I am for hire.  :)

I am a little overwhelmed with the things that have to be done when you move to a new state.  Lesson learned that every state is different so do your research!

I am meeting a ton of new people and the job is awesome.  It’s pretty much exactly what I want to be doing with my career.  Doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited about the opportunity so that’s over half the battle.

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I am overwhelmed with the excitement that I live among mountains and get to look at them every day when I go to work.  I also love that it’s fall, it’s my favorite season and there are a gazillion trees around here so can’t wait to see peak season.

I will keep you updated with organizing tips as we are getting settled along with other lessons learned in this journey.

Sorry this post was a little scatterbrained.  A lot on my mind and a lot that I want to get done before the work week starts again!!

Talk to you all soon!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s been crazy around here

20 Sep

We made it.  Two days and fourteen hours in a 16 foot truck later, we are here.  I thought I was going to be nervous driving a huge truck with all of our belongings in it, but I wasn’t.  Maybe I am destined to be part of the trucking industry.   We stayed in Toledo Ohio night one.   The hotel was scary so needless to say we didn’t sleep very well.  However, they did have a Texas Roadhouse next door so we went there to get something to eat and we at least got to watch the Brewer game.

We headed out early the next morning to assume our fate of driving through both Ohio and Pennsylvania.   Fun fact about Ohio is that their gas was really CHEAP.  I got gas for $3.01 I almost fell over.   For Pennsylvania, I would recommend just eating in the car and try to get through as quickly as possible.  For me, it was very scenic, especially over the mountains, but stopping anywhere was kind of shifty.

My Truck companion Otto the dog, was fantastic on day 2.  Eventually he just slept on his seat, trying to avoid the sun and just did his own thing.  It was a lot easier keeping him in the truck with me than I thought it would be.

Once we crossed the boarder into New York it was awesome, knowing that we were almost at our destination and thinking about how far we had come was amazing.  I wanted to look at everything, but of course I couldn’t because I would crash the truck so I will have to take a drive to that spot again just to see it for all of it’s amazingness.

We had to be to the apartment complex by 6pm and we made it with a half hour to spare.  We got our keys and went to the new place.  We started unloading the truck and got the bed in and some other things, ran out to the store to get some essentials and then called it a night.  9 hours of driving was enough and we knew we had a lot to do the next day so we planned accordingly.

So since getting here on Wednesday; we bought a car, a couch, met up with my in-laws to collect our kid (thanks to the for flying him out so he wouldn’t have to ride in the car) and we managed to get the truck unpacked by Friday so we could return the truck on time.

Today we went on a drive to my new office and to figure out the commute.  photo (34)

There were some other pretty spectacular shots, I will share more when I can get some.

So tonight after getting the toddler to bed for the first time in his new home, it was time to get some more unpacking done.   This is what I got accomplished tonight.

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I know it doesn’t look like much but seeming as if 90% of my clothes are hung, and I have to start work on Monday, this is a big deal.  I know that this was a really long post, but here are some other pictures.  These were taken from the Grocery Store Parking lot.

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I <3 Mountains!!!!!

Have a great rest of your weekend everybody I will post more as we are organizing the new place.

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s truck day

15 Sep 1 moving

I can’t believe it’s here.  So much has happened and I am preparing myself for complete exhaustion, let’s just hope the coffee maker doesn’t get broken in the move!

We are about 80% packed.  I still have to do the kitchen, but with as much as I have moved packing a kitchen is easy peezy.   Plus we are not leaving until tomorrow morning  so that makes packing up the truck less daunting.

Here is how we are doing with our AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers – CHECK, Thank you to my sister for the awesome party it was so wonderful to see everybody!!!!
  • Pin some “How to pack a moving truck pins” on Pinterest – CHECK
  • On the way to get the truck make a couple of administrative stops
    • Bank
    • Post office
    • Get some more totes and a lock for the truck
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Late morning Tuesday – We’re off!!!!

I was really sad yesterday when I had to leave my baby boy with his Grandparents.  I am eternally grateful to them for taking care of him and keeping him out of our way.  But I am still a little sad and I suck at goodbyes so needless today I teared up a bit (I am not too writing this).

Ok so just read our lease, I cannot wait until we can buy a house and we don’t have so many rules and regulations.  Ugh.

Time to get this day started.     Happy Monday Everybody!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey: We get the truck in a week

7 Sep 1 moving

So…Much…Purging.  It’s crazy to think about how much stuff we have accumulated over the course of 15 months, how much stuff we moved the last time and now much stuff I REFUSE to move again.  Needless to say, black garbage bags are my friend the last couple of days, that and my shredder.  I have also come to terms that I am a bit of a notebook hoarder!!  It’s sad, but it’s true.  It goes along with the name of the blog after all, but I really need to stop moving so many notebooks, just so then I can go and buy more.  Is there a meeting for Paper Hoarder’s Anonymous ??

Ok so here is where we stand on the AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

I have a couple more projects I want to get through the next couple of days.  Such as “Operation, get the paper onto my computer, it’s lighter” and “Operation, I’m not a traditional crafter so I don’t need all of these supplies”.  The latter is underway and some great ladies I hooked up with may be buying most of my stuff.  I would rather get it to somebody cheap and know they are going to use it than throw it out so I don’t have to move it.  Scrapbooking and Card-making is an expensive hobby, so if I can help somebody else out it’s totally worth it.

Today I sold my Sizzix, remember I was going to make it big with my jersey cards.  Yeah that didn’t work by the way.  But the lady that bought it off me, for a great deal, is using it at her crop events in McHenry IL, where they supply all of the equipment and all of the proceeds from the event go to Relay for Life.  It’s awesome and I am so happy that I could contribute!!

Okay going to go and throw out some more crap before we have to go and get the kid.   Also hoping to get some new wedding invitation designs up early this week on my Etsy shop (CLICK HERE) Have a great Sunday everybody.

-Stef

1,000 mile journey: 2 weeks to go

2 Sep

Big milestone today, WE HAVE SOMEWHERE TO LIVE!! You have no idea how short my nails are. I figured we would get it, but it’s the unknown that is so crazy. So now it’s time to make lists. Who am I kidding I actually did this over the weekend. Lists for everything we have to schedule, to get hooked up, and to turn off. I feel like I have done this enough that it should be easier. Don’t worry for everybody moving I will share my lists and post them so you can use them as reference.

So now because we have an apartment We got the truck scheduled and got some boxes so now we can start. :). Two weeks is going to go by fast so it’s going to be really important to stay organized!!!
So excited about our journey!!!!

Until later
-Stef

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