Aug 31, 2009

Thanks for everything!!! ***Giveaway!***

Today is my last day with Label Tulip. I am so grateful for all of your heartwarming comments on the blog, forum, and Facebook! Thanks to everybody who e-mailed me to share your love of Label Tulip and your best wishes!

Since this is my last post, how can I NOT do a giveaway?

Please suggest ONE NEW ITEM that you think is a MUST HAVE for Label Tulip's future kits by midnight PST today (Monday, August 31, 2009). I will be selecting TWO winners who will receive some new CHA goodies I personally selected at my favorite local scrapbook store!

Your answers will also help Jennifer, Label Tulip’s new owner, make future kits the best they can be!

I look forward to seeing Label Tulip continue to grow and flourish, and wish Jennifer the best! I’m also looking forward to traveling, another interest I have not been able to pursue while dedicating my days to running a business. First stops - Vegas and Canada!

Jennifer will announce the two contest winners tomorrow here on the blog and introducing herself. Please join me in giving her a warm welcome.

Thanks for everything!!!

Lots of xoxo,
Cathy Nagai

Aug 30, 2009

Gallery Inspiration!

I just wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite recent creations in our gallery by our members! We have received many new talented members and our gallery is growing. I hope you will come by and check out the gallery and changes to Label Tulip! We would love to have you join us.

Watching TV by Naoko

Amazing by Leigh

Things by ElizabethC

Hoot by Keelyyowler

Still Hangin' Tough by JenniferYates

Aug 24, 2009

Thank You & Cathy’s Farewell…

It’s with mixed emotions that I write to you about my departure from Label Tulip. It’s been an absolute dream come true for me to take Label Tulip and build the brand and create the kits for you every month. Scrapbooking has been a long-time passion of mine, and I feel very fortunate to work in an industry that I love!

As some of you may know, another brave endeavor that I took head-on this year was planning for my wedding. While learning about all the do-it-yourself components, I realized how much I loved the projects and the industry! Someday, I thought to myself, I’d love to apply my passion and creativity to a role in this industry. As months went by, the possibilities grew more and more appealing. I began to contemplate a life after the scrapbooking business.

As Alanis Morissette sang once, “Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you … and helping you out.” In July, I received an offer from Jennifer, who shared my passion for scrapbooking. She’s ready to translate that passion into owning a kit club, but not just any kit club – she wanted to own Label Tulip because, well, she simply thinks LT is the cat’s meow. This was a very difficult decision for me. Ultimately, I decided to accept Jennifer’s offer so I can pursue the next adventure. Parting from Label Tulip feels bittersweet, but at the same time, I am hopeful and excited about the future. I hope you will support my decision.

More about Jennifer…

She lives in Texas with her husband and two children and has been scrapbooking for three years. Prior to this, she worked as an e-mail administrator for high-profile corporations such as IBM and Dell for the past ten years. She has a strong artistic background, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and a minor in Theater. I believe that her love of scrapbooking, academic background in the arts and strong technical experience are a perfect fit for not only continuing the operations of Label Tulip, but also taking the business in new directions and to new heights.

There are many things that had to come together to make what Label Tulip is today and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported me through the years.

A heart-felt {Thank You} goes out to…

Our incredible designers, the Tulip Girls - from the very beginning, all of them have gone above and beyond in creating gorgeous, inspirational artwork and new ideas for Label Tulip! I am so honored to have had this dream team of designers – they’re truly best of the best. I will miss working with them. And I can’t wait to see their masterpieces in the future! Thank you, Tulip Girls, for joining me in this journey and inspiring all of us! Keep in touch!

Holly Hanks, TG coordinator – What can I say about Holly? It’s difficult to describe in words how much I appreciate her hard-work and dedication! You all know how creative she is, not only from her gallery, but also from the monthly challenge ideas and the Label Tulip newsletter! I wouldn’t have survived without her by my side, each and every step of the way. My gratitude goes to you, Holly, for being a lifesaver in so many ways!

Julia, my friend – Who created our Facebook community and helped Label Tulip grow! I still can’t believe that almost 1,200 members have joined We Love Label Tulip, our Facebook group, since July! Thanks for the love everyone!

My mom and Jinyong, another friend – Who generously set aside time the past several months to help me assemble the kits.

My husband – To whom I’d like to extend a special “Thanks, Honey!” He supported me in many aspects of running Label Tulip and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that things run smoothly.

Last and most importantly, YOU, Label Tulip’s customers – Thank you for supporting Label Tulip with your patronage of our products, giving us valuable input, reading our blogs, sharing your beautiful creations in the Member’s Gallery, and actively participating in our Forum, challenges and giveaways, Facebook discussions. Thank you from bottom of my heart for your continuous support and for making my life with Label Tulip so rewarding and fun!

My last day with Label Tulip will be Monday, August 31, 2009. Jennifer will assume her role as the new owner of Label Tulip on the next day. Jennifer and I have been busily working together to ensure a smooth transition. She is working hard on building her first kits, starting with September, which will include beautiful, new products from CHA. You will hear from Jennifer shortly via the Label Tulip Blog and Forum! I hope you all will support her as you have supported me!

This is my farewell, but not goodbye. I look forward to sharing each other’s creations (now that I wil have time to enjoy scrapbooking as a hobby again!).

As an endnote, I’d like to share with you some memories from my wedding. I eagerly look forward to discovering what awaits me in the wedding industry!

I really enjoyed my DIY wedding which includes: Wedding invitations (letter pressed), wedding favors (200 handmade organic soaps), programs, menus, place cards, table number, guest book, ring pillow, candy bar, out-of-town guest bags (some of them are shown in the above photos)

Thanks for letting me share them with you!

With gratitude,


Label Tulip Owner