Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cool Scrapbook Stuff - Book Club


We had a full house this month with all our members in attendance.  I think everyone will agree, it was crazy fun! 

The Circle Journal Swap was such a success last cycle that we decided to extend it through this cycle.  Everyone is 100% engaged in the swap and the pages are so awesome that each person seems to be thrilled with their book.  Every month we get so excited to see and touch and enjoy our book.  Then in a flash, it's gone again into another set of artistic hands...and because of the love and respect we know our fabulous little book is given, we are happy to let it go, and begin the process of eager excitement once again.


This month's kit included beautiful papers from the My Little Yellow Bicycle Twig collection, some matching fibers, an adorable canvas banner and an Anna Griffin Journal and pen.  What perfect papers for a boy project!


The Journal was inspired by our new book, Stories in Hand, Over 900 questions to help you tell your life story, by Jessica Sprague.  Some of the questions are for you to answer, and other questions are for you to ask your parents, siblings and grandparents, etc. 

We discussed not only journaling interesting information about our lives, but also adding pictures, collage, doodling, painting, etc..


DSC04836We received a super special Fairy Fly-By from Cynthia.  Included in our gift were papers from the Recollections line, papers from the Core'dinations line and a package of large banner letters.  We also received an idea sheet on techniques to use with the "Sand it, Tear it, Emboss it, Love it" Core'dinations papers.  What an extra treat!  Thank you Cynthia.

And a huge thank you to Alicia for bringing the nutty snacks, which went well with the wine from Alma.  Food is always an appreciated addition to any girlfriend gathering, especially when scrapbooking is involved. 


IMG_0798Welcome to our newest member

Gaye Larsen

A scrapbooker for more than eight years and a long time friend of Book Club.

We can't wait to get to know you.





Kathren's daughter Lauren joined us as a guest. 

We tried to recruit her.



Alma, true to her word, brought the wine.




Alicia created this clever chipboard album to hold favorite ideas, and techniques.  It was made with blank chipboard pages, fabriano paper pages, and scrapbook paper pages. 






Danette created a combo album for Black, White and Crop and Royal Slumber Crop.  Every adorable page is made with the theme of black, white and green.  









Using the kit from last month and a clip board, Debby created a beautiful picture for the wall. 








Peggy shared her wonderful birdhouse made with scrapbook papers, pearls, lace, and a sweet little nest of bird eggs. 

We may be needing a class Peggy.



Cynthia is in an ATC swap with the Urban Barn Book Club, and has a new found passion for ATC's.  How wonderful that she discovered this awesome shadow box that fits her ATC collection perfectly.  A lovely treasure for her wall! 

I spy an Elena Mermaid!



Speaking of Elena, jump over to to purchase a new stamp set, created exclusively for Charity Wings by Candy Rosenberg.  The stamps are a unique Steampunk theme that you definitely will want to have in your collection.



The make and take was learning how to make custom stick pins.  They can be used in layouts, journals, as hat pins, in corsages, broaches, etc.  Ultimately, we were so enamored with the pretty little pins that everyone of us decided we should do a stick pin swap. 

Teaser:  Next month, you may want to bring your Copics markers.  Hint:  Be sure to put your name on them.


Gentle Reminder of items you may wish to bring next month:

  • Circle Journal
  • Projects you've been working on
  • Finished project from Book Club kit
  • Your Stories in Hand book and Journal
  • Tool kit, including scissors, glue and a pen or pencil
  • A snack to share
Things to remember:
  • Next meeting is the 2nd month of a 3 month cycle and is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Pick up this cycle's new Book - Stories in Hand by Jessica Sprague - Can be purchased at Cool Scrapbook Stuff
  • Continue Swap - Circle Journal
  • New Swap - Make Fifteen Stick Pins - due April 20th

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Urban Barn Book Club - 02/11


We were all so excited as we received our new book for this cycle especially since it was just released at CHA.  The name of this 2011 book is Explore, Create, Resinate - Mixed Media Techniques using ICE Resin. It was written by Jen Cushman an artist, author and expert in ICE Resin.  Many of the articles include artwork by Susan Lenart Kazmer, the creator of ICE Resin.

For more information and to purchase products go to

Explore, Create, Resinate was the inspiration for our kit, which included a package of ICE Resin, a bezel, mixing tools, and a sample of Glue Art. 
This is our main focus for next month's meeting.  Everyone will bring their new jewelry made with ICE Resin.

We spent a lot of time talking about the recent CHA show(Craft and Hobby Association) and some of the awesome new tools, papers and embellishments the industry is coming out with this year.  We talked and laughed about the LIVE show and some of Elena and Sheila's funny experiences.

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Lola brought Gizmo, her sweet little Papillion. There he was sitting in her tool basket. It was a wee bit cold at the Barn so Gizmo had on two sweaters.  I think we all wish we had two sweaters, but we did manage with jackets, blankets, gloves, whatever we could find.

Thank you to Nancy who brought wonderful homemade cookies and milk.  And, thank you to Cynthia who brought hot tea with all the fixings, which made lots of people happy.

Glenna, Sheila, Danette

Nancy and Davi looking at some of the items that were brought in for show and tell.   Notice little Gizmo is right under Davi's arm.  So cute!  As you can see the Urban Barn is incredibly eclectic and everything we sit on or near is typically ancient.  It's truly a fun inspiring place to have a gathering.

(Welcome to Davi, or newest member.  We look forward to getting to know you.)

Our Boy, Jimmy was so cold he had his mittens and hat on.  Jimmy came to see what the fun was all about.  We love our Boy!  Elena workin' the Droid.

This is Sheila's altered cigar box, which holds her princess crowns. On top, she added a little silver dish for her
royal rings.

   Glenna's colorful layout.

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Nancy made this beautiful purse.  Every single bit of it...inside and out. The big flower was created with 6 feet of fabric and hand sewn onto the purse.  We wondered if she cut the bamboo and hand bent it for the handle, but she didn't claim that part of this exquisite purse.

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Kat's two page journal layout based on the kit we received last month from Cheryl Waters.

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This incredible mini book, that is so loaded with pictures and embellishments, was made by Glenna and inspired by a Katie Watson design and class.  It's truly a keepsake.

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A big thank you to Lola who provided our make and take on this chilly evening.  With freezing hands, she taught us how to make a tussie mussie out of paper.  Other than the ribbons, every bit of it is paper, including the flowers.  She provided us with incredible handwritten diagrams and directions so that we can go home and make these little gifts for any occasion. 

We ended our evening with a swap.  Several of us made one Valentine card.  We attached a number to each card and then picked numbers out of a hat. It was simple and lots of fun!  Most of the valentines were inspired by the kit from Cheryl Waters.

Gentle Reminder of items you may want to bring next month:
  • Projects you've been working on
  • Everyone try to bring something in from the ICE Resin Book Club kit
  • Tool kit, including scissors, glue,  a pen or pencil and your new book
  • A snack to share
Things to remember:
  • 2nd month of 4 month cycle and next meeting is March 3rd.
  • New Swap - ATC's - Make 12 - Due in May - Clever template here