Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This Month's Scrapbooking Workshop

I'm excited about the kit we'll be using at our ALSB workshops in July. It's called "Roots," and it's made especially for Crafter workshops. I just love the earthy colors--perfect for masculine pages, camping or hiking trips, or any photos that have shades of brown in them.
Six pages for $15...that's quite a bargain! Combine that with a couple of hours of fun and relaxed scrapbooking time...what a great way to spend the afternoon or evening.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Cardmaking Project

I'm so excited to offer a new cardmaking class featuring the Greetings to Go kit for Memoirs, Club Scrap's July 2009 kit. It's got this really cool soft green and a red that's not quite orange, nor pink, but not your typical red either. These have been combined with a brown, white, and an ivory paper they call "Butter." It's a really pretty combination! We'll be making 15 cards, all very different, using a variety of techniques. Check out my calendar!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Why Club Scrap?

There are a LOT of scrapbooking companies. Some specialize in particular items like stickers or fibers or eyelets. Others sell just about everything under the sun. And you can shop for products on-line, in shopping plazas, at Wal-Mart or Target, and at scrapbooking home parties. Believe me, I've shopped all those places! There is so much out there, so much available, that it can be overwhelming, right? So, how do you know where to shop for products, and how do you find products that you will love and, hold onto your seat, use???

When I first started scrapbooking in 1997, my products came from the few local stores I could find and Wal-Mart. I was having a hard time finding a place that was convenient and also had quality products. I wasn't happy putting my beloved photos on papers that were not much more than printed copy paper, but that's what I did for seven years. In 2002, when we had moved (yet again), and the closest scrapbooking store was over an hour away, I started a quest to find something else, though at that time I didn't know what I was really looking for.

In a magazine, I found an ad for a scrapbooking club. "A club?" I asked myself, "why would I want to subscribe to a club?" "Well, my dear," myself replied, "let's check into this and find out." So I went to to check out this interesting phenomenon, not realizing I was taking my first step down a road to scrapbooking bliss!!

So, what is it, you may ask? Club Scrap was the first of-the-month scrapbooking club. It was started in 1999 by Tricia Morris and Dinah Mueller, two women in Wisconsin. From the beginning, their goal has been to create high-quality scrapbooking products and sell those products in themed monthly kits. Each Member receives her goodies in a pizza box delivered straight to her door. These kits don't just contain paper; they have wood-mounted stamps, fibers, metal embellishments, stickers, stencils, unmounted stamps...everything you need to create classy, beautiful, and quality scrapbook pages. And 98% of the pizza box items are created by those great ladies in Wisconsin and their staff...they don't pull from other companies' products...they design each element of the kits, on occasion adding a unique item from another vendor that enhances the kits. Sounds pretty amazing, don't you think?
But, wait, there's more! Club Scrap also creates cardmaking kits, projects, and digital kits...all around a particular theme each and every month. Their design team must work overtime creating all those unique products. Take a look at this month's kit. This very creative kit is called Expressions, and that's just what the artwork portrays--expressions of various sorts--in a palette of white, black, and luscious blue. This is truly a fun one!
Want to experience Club Scrap for yourself? Contact me today, and I can get you started. And you, too, can take your first step on the road to the ultimate in scrapbooking creativity and bliss.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Scrapbooking Assembly Line Style

My favorite way to create scrapbook pages the last few years has been using ALSB instructions that Club Scrap creates. There is an ALSB download for each monthly kit, and Crafters have their own special kits and instructions to use at our workshops. So what is Assembly Line Scrapbooking, you may ask? Simply, it's taking a stack of papers, following cutting instructions, and assembling layouts...all before even deciding what photos will go on the pages. It takes a lot of the stress of planning a page out of the equation, though it is just as creative as "traditional" page building. Once the elements are cut, they can be placed on the page in any fashion, and embellishments, photographs, and text are added to make each page unique. Some CS members "ALSB" their kits as soon as they arrive. The pages are then ready for photographs, whether the scrapbooker finds them in her box of waiting photos, has them on her camera or computer, or hasn't even taken them yet!

I've got two ALSB workshops coming up in June. On the 12th, I'll be teaching using the Crafter exclusive Blue Orchid kit. This one is a beauty! With its shades of blues and greens and printed papers, it is a very classy kit that can be used for a variety of layout topics. Each of our Crafter kits has something special, and this kit comes with a number stencil. We'll be learning a basic stencilling technique in this class.

On the 14th, the workshop kit is another Crafter exclusive, Blue Moon. Shades of blues with white and a hint of red--really great for pages featuring boys, or even tomboys! The special elements in this kit are some cool frames that we'll be inking to match the kit. And you'll get plenty of frames for future layouts as well!
Stay tuned for info on my next cardmaking workshop!