A Month of Celebrations!

Robin introduces our blog theme for February and takes a walk down memory lane

Seven years ago today we opened our doors and this fabulous place all of us love so much came to be! This site and community is such a huge part of our lives, so we always take the month of February to celebrate where we’ve been and where we’re going here at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Because this is such a special time of year for us, and me especially since the Sweet Shoppe is my baby and I’ve been here since day one, the girls thought it would be fun if I introduced this month’s blog theme to you guys—which could be nothing other than . . . celebrations!

This site and community is such a huge part of our lives, so we always take the month of February to celebrate where we’ve been and where we’re going here at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

We have lots in store for you over the course of the next month. We’ll be touching on everything from everyday celebrations and accomplishments to more specific celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, and a holiday or two! We’ll be giving you layout, product, photo, and hybrid inspiration along with lots of other ideas, so you’ll want to check back in with us regularly to see what’s going on! Today, though, I want to kick things off with our concept board for February. I just adore some of the quotes and ideas on here and hope you do too. . . .

Before I wrap up my intro for February, I thought it would be fun to take a little trip back in time to really appreciate where SSD started and where we’ve gone over the years in terms of web design. The Sweet Shoppe has had many faces, and soo many scrappers and layouts have graced our front page. So, I thought that some of you who haven’t been here since the beginning might enjoy taking a little walk down memory lane with me. . . .

Sweet Shoppe Designs as it appeared when we opened our doors on February 1st, 2006:

About 6 months after we opened, we redesigned the site and rolled out this pink beauty which graced our site until the Fall of 2007:

In late 2007 and 2008, our sexy chef was baking up fun on our homepage in this retro design that graced our site for about a year:

Without a doubt, this design from 2009 was a fan favorite. Featuring paper pieced cakes and our signature pink, this design has a special place in my heart:

Living on our site for almost 2 years in 2010 and 2011, this design is one we loved while it was here and were so ready to say goodbye to in the end:

Finally, the site design you guys know and love, this is how Sweet Shoppe Designs appears today, February 1st, 2013! Our newest design was rolled out on New Years Day 2012 and offers us so much flexibility to showcase the products and features you love in a sleek and modern package:

I think you’ll agree that we’ve come a long way in the 7 years we’ve  been in business and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for being part of our amazing community and for supporting us all these years! We have lots in store for you to make this month’s anniversary celebration extra special, so be sure you keep your eyes on the blog and our newsletter for all of the details.

One last thing before I go. If you’d like to earn an extra two points in this month’s portfolio, use anything in this post as inspiration for a layout. You can use one of our old web pages as a sketch or one of the fabulous quotes in our concept board. Just get creative and have fun!

Like always, keep making memories, scrap more, and CELEBRATE!

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