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Getting around our site

Getting around the ACOT website is easy! Take a moment to read through these instructions to make the most of your visit here at ACOT.

HOME PAGE & COMMUNITY TOP BAR

Welcome:
On the top bar you should see a Welcome message if you are signed into your ACOT account. If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to do so or to Create an Account.

ACOT Points:
On this same bar, your current ACOT Points will be listed. These Points are earned on your purchases at ACOT. When you have collected enough points you may turn them in for a discount on your next order. Click on your Points total for more information about our ACOT points.

Private Messages:
If you have any unread Private Messages waiting for you, this too will show up in the Community top bar. It will read, for example: 2 PMs. You may click on this to go directly to your Private Messages.

Product Alert:
The Notify button displayed on unavailable items will allow you to receive an email once the item becomes available. Note: this option is only available when you are logged into your A Cherry On Top account. Be the first to know when new products arrive or come back into stock from your favorite companies, artists, themes and product types!

Search:
Looking for something specific? From the Community Page, just type in your search word(s) in the top bar and click on the Search button. If you'd like to only search the Message Board, Gallery, or Help Articles, be sure to use the drop-down menu to the left of the Search box.

Links:
If you're in the Community Section of our site (Message Board, Gallery, Blog, Chat, Help), you will notice navigational links to these areas on the Top Bar.


TOP NAVIGATIONAL ICONS:
There are now new Navigational Icons at the top/right of your screen for easy access to: My Basket, My Downloads, My Account, Help, and Community

My Basket:
Create as many Saved Baskets as you like at ACOT! Give them each a name, such as Saved, Friends, Swap, etc., and use them to organize your wish lists and products. When you click on the My Basket icon at the top of the page, you will arrive at a page that shows the contents of your Baskets. Here, you may view a small thumbnail image of the product in your Basket, view the quantity available, change your quantity desired, delete products, move selected products to other Baskets, Calculate Shipping, or simply Continue Shopping.

Be sure to fill your Wish List Basket with products: you can enable other to view your Wish List from your My Account settings page.


My Account:
In this section, you may view the status of current orders, view the contents of past and current orders, and change your Account Settings. It is in the Account Settings section that you can change your name, email address, password, newsletter preferences, and other important settings.

Help:
Be sure to check out this page for the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions regarding our site, ordering, shipping, points, Gift Certificates, and digital orders.


COMMUNITY PAGE
The Community Page is similar to our previous Home Page. Here you will find out about all the happenings at ACOT and links to the following:

  • Message Board
  • Gallery
  • Resources
  • Chat
  • and more!

Message Board:
Visit our Message Board at ACOT to meet new friends, get inspired or hear of the newest scrapbooking trends! We have several Forums for you to choose from. You can even set up your own Forum, make it public or private, and invite your friends to join you! The All Topics Forum includes most Forum posts except for the following: Swap, Prayer, Beginner, and General Debate. We even have a Forum for you to post your Product Requests, or you can alert us of technical problems in the Technical Support Forum.

At the bottom of a thread posting are options you may select: you may Turn On/Off Signatures and Profile Images; you may also Sort the newest replies first. This comes in handy when the thread is pages long.

You will notice that many visitors on the Message Board have a personalized avatar, or little image, to personalize their posts. You may add an avatar to your posts in your My Account settings page. From here, you may also wish to add a signature line for all of your Message Board posts.

Gallery:
In our Gallery you'll find close to 50,000 Layouts and 17,000 Digital Layouts, as well as thousands of other craft ideas. You can browse by viewing the most recent submissions, or by selecting from the drop-down menu on the left a Category, Technique, Company, Contest & Challenges, or Size of project.

While in the Gallery, be sure to view all of our Creative Team Layouts as well! We have an incredible group of very talented ladies who inspire all of us!

Submit your own layouts into our Gallery and share with other viewers. You can create as many Albums as you'd like to organize all of your layouts. Submitting to the Gallery is easy with step-by-step instructions. Just look for the Submit to Gallery link in the Gallery.

Resources:
Our Resources page has been organized to make finding what you're looking for easier! Here you will find links to recent ACOT Announcements, Ma's Madness, Creative Team information, Contests and Challenges, past Email Newsletters, and more. The most recent Articles are listed in the main window; past Articles are organized on the right.

Chat:
Come chat with your ACOT friends in real time! We occasionally bring in a Celebrity Scrapbooker/Artist to chat with the ACOT family. 

Article Links:
On our Community Page you'll find Articles about our Creative Team Reveals, new Contests, Sales, and Featured Layout Ideas. The flashing layouts on this page feature our recent Creative Team product Reveals as well as layouts from the general population at ACOT! Submit your layout to the Gallery; you may just see your layout on this page. You may view more Featured Layout Ideas by clicking on the link under the Featured Layout Images.


HOME PAGE:
Our Home Page has our Shoppe navigation at your fingertips. You may select from the following Tabs from the home page: Shop Companies, Shop Themes, Shop Artist, or Shop Types. After each listed link in the tabbed view is a number in parenthesis - this number refers to the number of products within that specific link.

Arrivals Tab:
On the Arrivals Tab you may choose from those products that have Newly Arrived at ACOT, or those products that are now Back In Stock.

Featured Tab:
Try out the new Featured Tab in the Shoppe! Here you will find products that are currently On Sale (30% off and less). These products are not being discontinued; they are just on sale for a specific time.

The Featured Tab returns the Hottest Products selling at ACOT over the past week. Check out what everyone else is ordering!

Also on the Featured Tab is a Random Products selection. Try this out sometime! With close to 20,000 different products in the Shoppe, so many great products get overlooked! Selecting this option will return a different set of random products each time.

Clearance Tab:
The Clearance Tab has all products that are being discontinued; these are marked down anywhere between 35-70% off.

Gift Certificate Tab:
Gift giving made easy! You can choose to send your Gift Certificate instantly (customize it and print it or email it!) or you can choose to have us mail a copy to you or to your intended recipient. 


Search:

From the home page, narrow your search by selecting the drop-down menu. If you select the first option, A Cherry On Top, products from the entire scrapbook shoppe will be searched. By using the drop-down menu, you may narrow your search by some of the most popular types such as paper, stickers, digital, and more.

Product Detail:
Our goal is to give you as much information as possible about a product. Clicking on the thumbnail image or the name of a product will take your to the product detail view, where all the relevant information about that specific product will be visible to you. A medium-sized image of the product is shown, and clicking on this image will display an even larger image. If the product has a text description, you will be able to see it on the Detail page that also shows the medium-sized image. Below the text description are several lines of information with links:

1. If the product has an Artist's Name associated with it, this will be listed first. If you click on the artist name, all other products from that Artist will show up on your screen.
2. Next, the Company that makes the product is listed. You may click on this link to view all products from that company.
3. The Product Line from within the company is listed next. Once again, if clicked on, all products from that Product Line will be displayed.
4. The Product Type (such as stickers, paper, etc) shows up next. Click on this link, all products of that type will show.
5. Lastly, if a product has a Sub-Type (such as vellum, cardstock, etc.,), this will show up. You may click on this to view all products in the Shoppe of this Sub-Type.

Product View:
Click on the magnifying glass for a bigger image view of a product.

Navigation:
Another feature that we think you will find handy is being able to navigate around the Shoppe by Narrowing down your displayed products by Company, Type, Theme, Artist, and Line. You'll see this navigational tool on the left frame while in the Shoppe.

Sorting Options:
We've added additional sorting options in the Shoppe. You may now sort by Release Date, Best Selling, Price Lo-Hi, Price Hi-Lo, Percent Off, Alphabetical A-Z and Z-A, and Relevance.

View My Basket:
The products recently added to your Basket are shown in the Shoppe view; small thumbnail images of the last 20 products added as well as a running sub-total appear in the box at the top right of your screen. 



We hope this helps - enjoy your visit!