Monday, July 18, 2011

Cool Scrapbook Stuff Book Club


Circle Journal Swap is still in full swing.  Are journals are 10 pages full of beautiful layouts. 

We have decided to start adding pages just so we can keep it going.



Special guest, Marianne VanWingerden, arrived from North Carolina with a very wonderful gift for Elena.

IMG_0314 It's a gorgeous portrait of Elena herself.  We all gushed over her and passed her around a couple of times. 

Marianne gave her some beautiful, soulful eyes. 


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Pam Carriker, the author of our Book Club book selection for this cycle, Art at the Speed of Life, sent us some gifts.  Each of us received a set of four different postcards of her artwork.  One of them is actually a 4x6 sticker.  Very awesome! 

She also sent a 7-day journal that she made for one lucky book club member.  We did a random drawing and Peggie (Reggie) won.  Lucky girl. 

She was delighted!




Kathren made this clever altered box. 

It's absolutely lovely!



    Open it up and it becomes a birthday gift. 







Alicia created this beautiful collage picture.  It is painted and much of it is tiny pieces of paper.  for example the hair and lips are paper.  I wish you could see it in person.  It's incredible!






Elena has been busy making resin jewelry. This is a ring with a small copy of her own painting.  She used a Suzi Blu stamp, colored and resized it, added some wings and placed it under Little Windows Resin, which was then added on top of a large button.  Then she embellished with a strand of rhinestones around the rim.



Here is another example of Elena's beautiful jewelry art.  There are several resin pieces combined with button stacks, charms and beads. 


Speaking of button stacks, our members did a button stack charm swap.  Here are the results.  We each received all of these charms to use in our own jewelry or art idea.


IMG_0315IMG_0319 We ended our evening doing a Make and Take.  Here are all of our purse hooks.  We started with a blank hook and added rhinestones and micro beads.  Each one is just a little different.  I don't think there are two that are exactly alike.  It was fun and everyone went home with a glitzy purse hook.IMG_0316IMG_0317IMG_0318


IMG_0329This month our kit contained Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas by Ranger, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type stickers and a bottle of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint.







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

  • New Cycle - Please check in with Cool Scrapbook Stuff and make your payment arrangements prior to the meeting.
  • Circle Journal
  • Projects you've been working on
  • Finished project from Book Club kit
  • Tool kit, including scissors, glue and a pen or pencil
  • Camera
  • A snack to share


Things to remember:
  • Next meeting is the 1st month of a 3 month cycle and is scheduled Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m., at Cool Scrapbook Stuff in Poway.
  • New book has not been selected yet.  TBA
  • New swap with be discussed further.
  • Keep in mind, White Elephant Swap for Christmas.



  1. LOve this blog! Swap suggestion for next time... something Halloween?

  2. Thanks Kat! Great job. I love all your pictures and descriptions. I'm glad I was able to come to book club and see how it all works. You ladies are so talented, wow! The circle swap books are amazing, each and every page! So glad I got so see you again(twice), and tell Cynthia that I missed seeing her! Love to Elena and you all...
    Thanks again for everything
    Marianne :) aka LadyBird {*^*}