Hi Everyone, It's the last weekend of summer and moms everywhere will be doing the happy dance on Monday. It's getting to be you time to come craft with us! We have lots of new products in the store and wonderful classes to get your creative juices flowing.
Our Yard Sales are the absolute best place to find crafty bargains! Not to mention a great place to sell your unwanted supplies and make some money to buy all new fabulous supplies at our store! Sign up for a table inside the store, just $15. Each customer is responsible for setting up and working their own table. Set up starts at 11 AM and shopping starts at Noon. Just want to purchase? Arrive EARLY for the best DEALS! All customer yard sale purchases must be made using Scraps Cash (store credit). Scraps Cash is not redeemable for actual cash but can be used for purchases at Photo Scraps.
It used to be that coloring books were something you bought to keep kids occupied at the kitchen table or on road trips. Toddlers through to teenagers have long enjoyed the pleasures of scribbling over, painting on, coloring in, or painstakingly creating masterpieces of pink, green, and orange glory.
Now grown ups are getting in on the action, and discovering the benefits of coloring in that they’d long since forgotten. Here are some great reasons you might like to try adult coloring in books, too.
The Benefits Of Adult Coloring Books
1. Stress Release
We all lead busy lives. The pace of contemporary society means that people are working longer hours, and our attachment to mobile devices stops us from unplugging even when we leave work. Coloring books give us an opportunity to stop, sit down, and focus on a single, simple task that requires repetitive actions that do not tax our minds. The repetitious action of coloring in can be extremely soothing and provide us with a gentle way to release stress by taking pleasure in a no-pressure activity. No deadline, no demands. Just gentle play.
Speaking of play, you may be surprised to find that coloring in makes you feel like a kid again. The first time I tried coloring in as an adult, I couldn’t believe how quickly I was transported back to my childhood bedroom desk, where I used to use pretty much every color crayon in my yellow Crayola Caddy to fill in my coloring in books (the silver and gold crayons were always my favourites). Give it a try and prepared to regress. Coloring is a form of play, and play isn’t just for children. It has enormous mental health benefits for all ages and helps us to relax in a creative, unstructured way.
3. The Pleasure of Making
As knitters, woodworkers, writers, and other creative types know, there’s an immense pleasure gained from making something new and unique in the world. Even if someone else is coloring in exactly the same picture as you, nobody else in the world is going to do it the way you do. Your unique choices of color, media, coloring techniques, and approach mean that you’re making something new. Emotionally, it makes you feel good. Practically, it gives you something cool to stick on the fridge and smile about every time you get out the milk.
4. Sense of Accomplishment
This is another emotional one – when you finish coloring a picture, you get that lovely buzz of ‘woohoo!’ that accompanies finishing a job done well. Coloring in does not have to take a lot of time (though some people love it so much they spend hours at it) and it doesn’t require hard work to achieve a warm, fuzzy, sense of accomplishment.
5. Bonding for Parents and Kids
If you have children, then sitting down with them and a couple of coloring in books can be a great way to spend time together. While they color in superheroes and television characters, you can lose yourself in the quiet intricacies of a secret garden or mandala patterns. Spending focused time with your kids when you’re not distracted by your phone, other people, household chores, or work, helps to build stronger relationships and open up communication between you. Research has shown that boys, in particular are more likely to open up and chat with you if they are engaged in another activity at the time.
So enjoy your adult coloring in time and its many benefits, ranging from stress release, nostalgia trips, and the pleasurable act of making something, to a sense of achievement and even parent-child bonding time. Coloring in helps us to remember some of life’s simpler pleasures and encourages us to slow down to enjoy them.
Hi Everyone, Don't forget that this is a Bag Lady Bonus Weekend. I was going to place the Impression Obsession order today but we just got their new die catalog. I have all the pages below for you to look at and order from. You have til Monday to place your pre-order for the dies and stamps. Call us 410-549-5187
The last time we got the adult coloring books in stock, they sold out in 1 day. This time, I ordered a lot of books for you! We also have most of the Zentangle books, which have been so popular with all our Zentanglers. Nancy will be teaching Zen-tangle 101 on September 2nd if you want to learn all about it.
Hi Everyone, Dog days of summer getting you down? Come hang out with us and get creative instead of doing housework. We have some great classes, Wacky Wednesday Cards and an All Day Crop Friday. We have a special deal for our Bag Ladies!
New Wedding Papers from Paper House
We restocked all the beach papers from Paper House since they sold out so fast.
We have some ABC Primer Papers open stock now.
New Music Paper from Moxxie
New Country Paper from Moxxie.
New Halloween Paper from Moxxie
New Jillibean Soup
New TryFold Stamps from Art Impressions
New Scrap & Stamp Magazine Carol Heppner kicks off the Halloween extravaganza in the October issue with "Halloween Treat Holders & A Quick Halloween Centerpiece." Following this spooktacular cover story are "Halloween Cards for the Males in Your Life" and "Trick-or-Treat Wreath & Place Card Bales," both equally as "boo"-tiful! Not into stamping for the season? Check out two terrific technique articles--"Mosaics" by Judi Kauffman, or "Amazing Aquatints" by Sara Naumann. As always, SSA features reader favorites like the "Whose Stamp is it Anyway?" contest, "Simple Stampin'" card gallery and "Inklings" tips & tricks. Find all these great ideas and more in the October 2015 issue.
Wacky Wednesday Cards
Things will be a bit fishy this week at Photo Scraps. Lisa Halstead got some new stamps to play with and she had a good time. Available all day Wednesday and Thursday, just $2 each.