Monday, March 21, 2011

Cool Scrapbook Stuff Book Club


It was another awesome book club in the Crop Spot at Cool Scrapbook Stuff in Poway.  Each cycle we do a swap.  Here's a few pages from our current swap, which is a circle journal swap.  Elena gave us this idea and we all love it.  Everyone is really rising to the opportunity and putting their best foot forward as evident by these pictures.  When we decide to end the swap (so far no date in sight), each of us will have a distinctly different and fabulous art journal that was personalized and created with love by our friends.


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Our good friend Cyndi educated us this month on Copic markers and provided a make and take.  Many of us had never spent time with these remarkable markers.  Cyndi shared tips that offer greater success in working with them.  She recommends using the Classic Crest Solar White Neenah paper, and for your stamps, use Memento Ink, a dye ink by Tsukineko.  She also suggested we go to the Copics website and print out a color chart.  As you purchase your markers, you can identify the colors in your collection on the chart.  Go here for Copic's tutorials.  Remember, Cool Scrapbook Stuff has a large assortment of Copics for sale.  If you would like to learn more about Copics, Cool Scrapbook Stuff is having a Copics class on March 27th, at 2:00, for $23.00.  Check out the Cool Scrapbook Stuff calendar here.

The make and take began with a practice butterfly that we used to learn a flicking technique.  Then Cyndi gave us each a stamped picture using a Suzi Blu stamp.  Lots of coloring on this pretty picture. Suzi Blu stamps can be purchased through Unity Stamp Co.

I suspect several people will be adding Copics markers to their stash of crafting tools.  Think of how useful they would be when working with journals, which is the project for this cycle.


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Elena shared her unique picture created with Rigid Wrap, which can be purchased at Michaels.  It's a heart with wire wings and a pretty butterfly...oh, but wait, there's a big nail and blood drops and hmmmm.  She says it's a wounded wing period piece. 

Elena is off to another Expo in Pleasanton.  We look forward to her getting back soon and getting those wings healed. 

Speaking of Expo's, San Diego will be having an Expo at the Del Mar Fair Grounds on April 29-30.  In addition to the Expo, Charity Wings is hosting a crop on Friday and Saturday.  It's a fun time to get a group together.  If you would like to volunteer to work the Expo with Elena and Charity Wings, they would love to hear from you. 


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Debby took her journal home and created a wonderful two-page spread of couples in her family.  What an inspiring way to start a journal. 


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These little canvas beauties were fashioned by Danette.  She used Suzi Blu stamps and watercolor pencils. 

Danette also created the following beautiful two-page layout of her daughter, using the kit we received at book club last month.

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Kathren used last month's book club kit to create a desk set for work.  Everyone will surely know who these items belong to.CSS BC 131611 (11)



Alicia turned this simple frame into a beautiful work of art by using the same kit from last month.






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Susie attended Seaside Soiree with Charity Wings and took a class from Alisa Burke.  She learned to make these gorgeous canvas clutch purses.  Each bag is artistically color coordinated, beautifully lined and embellished with buttons. 

I think she may be looking at a new side business.  She has certainly taken this art form to the next level and mastered the skill.  I want the little one, third down on the right.


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This broken heart necklace was created by Kat for Elena on her birthday last year.


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Peggy showing her pretty, altered box.


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Gaye shared her story journal.  She wrote a story about an interesting incident that happened in her life.  Embellishing three chipboard journals and adding the story, she has created a treasure for herself, as well as future generations.


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An encaustic collage painting by Kat who has never done anything with an Asian theme.  Strangely, this collage was created only days before Japan's devastating tsunami.  Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan.  There is a Facebook group called Artists for Japan.  They are asking for donations of art, which will be auctioned for money to go to the Red Cross in an effort to support Japan.


With the Stories In Hand theme of our current cycle in mind, this month's kit included a glass picture frame, transparencies, rub-ons and a Pearl Pen by Viva Decor


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

  • Circle Journal
  • Stick Pin Swap
  • 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
  • Camera
  • A snack to share

Things to remember:

  • Next meeting is the 3rd month of a 3 month cycle and is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 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


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