Posted in Books, Just Because, Scrapbooking & Crafts

Graduation 2016!

Congratulations to the class of 2016! Whether you are graduating from High School, College, or even Preschool, or know somebody who is, we have the perfect gifts here at the Book Table.

We have a great collaboration of graduation product on a display in our General Books Department. On this display, you will find books, scrap-booking supplies, pins, awards, and more to help make Graduation 2016 a day worth remembering. Come in and check it out!

Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park

Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! It’s kindergarten graduation, and Room Nine is getting bright white graduation gowns. Mrs. says to keep them in their boxes until the big day. But Junie B. Jones just can’t help herself. Then—uh-oh!—an accident happens! Will graduation be a spotty dotty disaster?

The Berenstain Bears’ Graduation Day by Mike Berenstain

Celebrate graduation day with the Berenstain Bears! It’s the end of the school year and Bear Country School is holding a graduation ceremony for all the students. This year, Brother and Sister will get to wear a cap and gown—and get a diploma. But what about Honey Bear? Will she be able to join in on the fun? Read along as the Berenstain Bears learn about the true meaning of the end of the school year.

The Berenstain Bears books have been loved by generations, and with well-known characters and beautiful illustrations, this 8×8 picture book is a perfect gift for young graduates.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”

Way More Than Luck by Various Authors

The commencement speech is the most popular public address of our time, shared every spring and remembered for years. Here, in an anthology of some of the finest of the genre, brilliant creative minds in every sector offer their wisdom: David Foster Wallace on living a compassionate life, Debbie Millman on the importance of taking risks, Michael Lewis on the responsibility that good fortune merits—and so many other greats. Some of this advice is grand (believe in the impossible), and some of it is granular enough to check off a life list (donate five percent of your money or your time). All of it is universally uplifting.

Handsomely packaged with a cloth spine and energetic typography throughout, this book is a smart, special gift for graduates and anyone embarking on a new adventure.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” –Randy Pausch



Posted in Scrapbooking & Crafts, Toys & Games

Halloween Toys and Games

We have some fun product upstairs in our toys, games, and scrap-booking departments to get you excited for Halloween!

Halloween Spot It

Trick or Treat? Treat yourself to a game of Spot it! Halloween, but don’t be tricked by the ingenious game mechanics! The award-winning game, Spot it! bewitches everyone with its fast-paced fun. Spot it! is truly a one-of-a-kind card game.

Each card features 8 images of varying sizes. There is always one, and only one, matching image between any 2 cards. There are 5 challenging mini-games packed into this tin. Depending on the mini-game, players simultaneously try to gain or get rid of their cards by spotting matches between 2 or 3 cards. Play your way through all the variations or just play your favorites. No matter how you play, Spot it! Halloween provides spirited competition and endless laughs. It’s the perfect party game for Halloween costume parties!

Halloween Ty Beanie Babies and Beanie Boos

Official Ty product with the authentic Ty heart-shaped tag! Perfect for Halloween! Part of the Ty Beanie Babies Collection Handmade with the finest quality standards Ty from our heart to yours Machine Washable Collect them all!

Murder Mystery Mansion

Murder Mystery MansionThe Murder Mystery Mansion game challenges your guessing and deductive reasoning skills. Two players or two teams can go head to head, with one placing four different cards (one suspect, one method, one motive and one place) behind the stairs and out of sight.

The other player or team makes its way up the steps as they guess which cards are the hidden ones, with their opponent telling them which ones are correct matches. Guessing all four cards correctly before reaching the top of the stairs gets the player or team a point. This mystery card game includes guess tokens, pegs for keeping score as well as the cards with suspects, motives and more. It is recommended for ages 8 and older.

Posted in Scrapbooking & Crafts

Project Life: Scrapbooking Made Easy!

Project Life is a solution-based approach to scrapbooking that was created to simplify the process in order to allow you more time to enjoy life! It requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and no skills of any kind. Check out the video below to get an idea:

We love this line because not only is it super easy, it is also really fun, and the kits are way cute! The Project Life “way” of memory-keeping is so crazy-simple, it has become known as “revolutionary” in the scrapbooking industry. All you need is one of the Core Kits, a Binder, and a Big Pack of 60 Photo Pocket Pages. By pairing your pictures and words with these basic products, you will be able to tell your story, in your own way, resulting in a complete album.

One of our 60 card packages. Great for backgrounds for small photos or for writing on.

This back-to-basics approach to scrapbooking appeals to the person who’s never made a scrapbook in their life as well as those with experience because it allows you to feel the freedom that comes from letting go of the “guilt” that so many associate with the memory keeping process.

Come in and ask our girls upstairs about Project Life!

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Why the Rubber Chickens? That Is A Good Question.

The most random thing occurred this afternoon as I started my shift upstairs in Scrapbooking, Toys and Education (try saying that 10  times fast, and imagine how it sounds when I answer the phone). I was ringing up a customer when I glanced out of the corner of my eye and spotted a peculiar item on the counter: an Itty Bitty Rubber Chicken.

Why on earth would someone make these?

I looked on the side of the container full of these little yellow and orange rubber wonders and found out it is the “Official Ammo of the Chicken Chucker.” It turns out there are quite a few games involving the shooting/catapulting of little rubber animals. For example, there is the Pickle-pult, the Cattle-pult, Flying Monkeys Chucker, and even the Ninja Attack Catapult.

At the moment, we have Itty Bitty Rubber Chickens. I really have no desire to launch them at my friends, but they sure are intriguing. And apparently other people find them interesting, too. A nice young lady just bought one, because they are cute.

And you know what? I bet you could scrapbook with them, too.


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Fabric Paper Is In!

What will American Crafts think of next? They teamed up with Amy Tan, whose line of boutique clothing for children sells at places like Bloomingdale’s, to create some interesting paper. They differ, with some being just plain paper to others that have real stitching to some still that are adhesive backed fabric. And of course there are matching embellishments.

It’s fresh, it’s cute, it’s summery…. I’m just curious to see what they will come up with next.

To read more about the Amy Tangerine line with American Crafts, visit this site.

Scrapbook Update also did an interview with Amy Tan about her workshops and new line. You can read the interview here.

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American Girl

American Girl product is in! We have the whole package–not only are there the usual books and paper dolls, but we also have the craft line. This includes the Wrap & Roll Bracelet Kit, Super Paper Pad, Starter Scrapbook Kit, Pillow Maker, and all the little scrapbook accessories.

The American Girl website has some fun games and quizzes. Here is the link to a bingo game you can customize:


Posted in Info, Scrapbooking & Crafts

Remember Your Graduates

Graduation season is upon us! Don’t forget to get your grad something nice to say congratulations and good luck for the future. Check out our graduation display by the back desk, and we also have some nice cards up front. And for all you scrapbookers out there, check out the paper and new albums we just got in. We had a post about them recently, which you can view by clicking here. Not sure you can find just the right thing? No worries–we sell gift cards for any amount too.

Good luck to all grads! Your time is now.